Interpretation of Magnetic Data for the Determination of Geological Structures in Southern Part of the Cuvette-Centrale Sedimentary Basin
Keywords:Magnetic Survey, Source Rocks, Oil Seeps, Faults, Folds, Interpretation
The Democratic Republic of Congo is willing to develop its natural underground resources in sight to increase its economy. To
this end, the oil and gas potential of its sedimentary basins is now the new target. Into the Cuvette-centrale sedimentary basin
several exploration works were carried out since 1950s. Among these works we have the magnetic survey done in 1980 year
which provided us the data used in this paper. The source rocks as well as the potential reservoir rocks and some oil seeps that
have been recognized in this gigantic basin encourage researchers to find favorable geological structures for the accumulation of
hydrocarbons in this sedimentary basin. Indeed, it is for this purpose that we have been interested to determine the regional
geological structures in the southern part of this basin from magnetic data. After analysis, processing, and interpretation of the
data, it found that the Kutu, Oshwe, Bagata, Bulungu and Idiofa areas contain geological structures contributing to the confirmation of the existence of an active petroleum system. Concretely, on one hand and from the shape of the crystalline
basement we arrived to determine several faults and folds that can be taken as the excellent hydrocarbon traps and on the other
hand, ditches that are privileged and favorable environments for the maturation of source rocks.
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