The Potential Targets and Some Drilling Locations Suggested for Hydrocarbon Discovery of Turkey in the Black Sea Basin

Palabıyık Y., Özdemir A., Karataş A.

International Black Sea Coastline Countries Scientific Research Symposium - IV, Giresun, Turkey, 5 - 06 May 2020, pp.1-20

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • City: Giresun
  • Country: Turkey
  • Page Numbers: pp.1-20
  • Istanbul Technical University Affiliated: Yes


The Black Sea is one of the largest inland seas in the world and contains many geological occurrences such as numerous mud volcanoes, channels which played an active role in sediment transport, active faults, and methane leaks. In the wells drilled in the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) of Turkey in the Black Sea, any long-term producible hydrocarbon discovery could not be made so far. The purpose of this paper is to determine hydrocarbon exploration targets in the EEZ of Turkey in the Black Sea based on the relations between the geological structures and hydrocarbon systems. Therefore, in the study, the suggestions have been made for hydrocarbon exploration targets and drilling locations to be drilled into these targets based on geological, geochemical, seismic, and gravity-magnetic measurements along with hydrocarbon discovery data from the previous studies. The geological and geophysical data presented in this investigation indicate that the oil and gas reservoirs may be discovered in the EEZ of Turkey in the Black Sea. Consequently, it is projected that the future hydrocarbon exploration activities to be conducted may contribute to the possible discovery prosperities if they are shifted to the target areas suggested in this study.