After 50 years exploration, Tarim Basin is proved to be very rich in oil and gas resources, with 120.65×108 t oil, and 14.7×1012 m3 natural gas produced. Until now, more than 30 oil and gas fields have been found, including 12 large gas fields.The cumulate proved oil reserves are about 23×108 t and the natural gas cumulate proved reserves are 2×108 m3. Annual oil and gas production capacity has reached 3400×104 tons of oil equivalent. The Tarim Basin is China's first big gas area and oil and gas production’s rapid growth region. In this paper, we reviewed recent progress in oil and gas exploration in the Tarim Basin,discussed hydrocarbon distribution patterns, illuminated the oil and gas resource potential, and pointed out future exploration directions. The results could be used for oil and gas exploration and research in this region.
Tarim Basin|oil and gas resources|exploration direction|resource potential
康玉柱. 塔里木盆地油气资源潜力及勘探方向. 石油科学通报, 2018, 04: 369-375
KANG Yuzhu. The resource potential and exploration for oil and gas in the Tarim Basin. Petroleum Science Bulletin, 2018, 04: 369-375