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Date: November 18, 2004

UVic Study Predicts Petroleum Potential of
Queen Charlotte Basin

Sedimentary basins, offshore B.C.Sedimentary basins, offshore B.C. UVic’s school of earth and ocean sciences has released a two-part study that investigates the potential for oil and gas formation in the Queen Charlotte Basin offshore British Columbia.

The research program conducted a detailed investigation of the petroleum system—factors that predict hydrocarbon formation and accumulation—for the Queen Charlotte Basin (QCB) with a goal of enhancing the scientific information available about British Columbia’s offshore oil and gas potential. The research concludes that the right conditions and locations could exist for oil and gas formation.

“I am very encouraged by the findings of the UVic study, which further illustrates the untapped potential that exists in the Queen Charlotte Basin,” says Minister of Energy and Mines Richard Neufeld. “This report builds on the base of existing independent science that the province will continue to rely on to make informed decisions about the development of offshore oil and gas.”

Using state of the art computer modeling programs, the two-phase project—Phase I: “Broad-Scale Basin Characterization” and Phase II: “2D Petroleum Systems Modeling”—analyzes existing geophysical, geological and geochemistry information to better identify the factors that influence hydrocarbon formation and accumulation in the basin.

“Our goal is not petroleum exploration, rather we are defining what the most probable sectors of petroleum formation are in the region and where we can anticipate them occurring,” says the project’s leader, UVic biogeochemistry professor Dr. Michael Whiticar. “This delineation of the areas that have petroleum potential will allow various groups to sharpen their focus of attention and activities, such as economic and environmental assessment.”

“This report demonstrates the power of the latest applied science and technologies,” says Dr. Martin Taylor, UVic’s vice-president research. “It also demonstrates UVic’s commitment to translating the best in research to the development of evidence-based public policy.”

UVic is recognized internationally for its excellence in earth, ocean, and atmospheric systems research and education.

The study was funded in conjunction with the “Coasts Under Stress” research program—that addresses the impacts of environmental, social and economic restructuring on Canada’s coastal communities—and the B.C. Ministry of Energy and Mines. For more information or to view the report, visit the new UVic-hosted website www.EnergyBC.ca.

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Media contacts:
Dr. Michael Whiticar (School of Earth and Ocean Sciences) at (250) 721-6514 or whiticar@uvic.ca
Steve Simons (BC Offshore Oil and Gas Team, Ministry of Energy and Mines) at (250) 387-1780 or steven.simons@gems7.gov.bc.ca
Maria Lironi (UVic Communications) at (250) 721-6139 or lironim@uvic.ca



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