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Durham University

Department of Earth Sciences


Publication details for Prof Jon Gluyas

Jiang, Youlu, Hu, Hongjin, Gluyas, Jon & Zhao, Kai (2019). Distribution Characteristics and Accumulation Model for the Coal‐formed Gas Generated from Permo‐Carboniferous Coal Measures in Bohai Bay Basin, China: A Review. Acta Geologica Sinica - English Edition 93(6): 1869-1884.

Author(s) from Durham


Coal‐formed gas generated from the Permo‐Carboniferous coal measures has become one of the most important targets for deep hydrocarbon exploration in the Bohai Bay Basin, offshore eastern China. However, the proven gas reserves from this source rock are remain low to date, and the distribution characteristics and accumulation model for the coal‐formed gas are not clear. Here we review the coal‐formed gas deposits formed from the Permo‐Carboniferous coal measures in the Bohai Bay Basin. The accumulations are scattered, and dominated by middle‐small sized gas fields, of which the proven reserves ranging from 0.002 to 149.4×108m3 with an average of 44.30×108m3 and a mid‐point of 8.16×108m3. The commercially valuable gas fields are mainly found in the central and southern parts of the basin. Vertically, the coal‐formed gas is accumulated at multiple stratigraphic levels from Paleogene to Archaeozoic, among which the Paleogene and Permo‐Carboniferous are the main reservoir strata.

According to the transporting pathway, filling mechanism and the relationship between source rocks and reservoir, the coal‐formed gas accumulation model can be defined into three types: “Upward migrated, fault transported gas” accumulation model, “Laterally migrated, sandbody transported gas” accumulation model, and “Downward migrated, sub‐source, fracture transported gas” accumulation model. Source rock distribution, thermal evolution and hydrocarbon generation capacity are the fundamental controlling factors for the macro distribution and enrichment of the coal‐formed gas. The fault activity and the configuration of fault and caprock control the vertical enrichment pattern.