Since 1950, when the megascale Shebelinka deposit was found in the north-eastern portion of the Dnieper-Donets basin (DDB) this district has been served as a heartland of the hydrocarbon extraction in Ukraine. Right now, this area is again facing a new wave of commercial interest. Most conventional hydrocarbon plays here contain natural gas and liquid gas accumulated in numerous clastic and fractured horizons throughout Carboniferous to Lower Permian successions. The numerical basin modelling in the Donbas segment indicated that organic-rich sediments are thermally mature in the deep levels of the basin.
Our interpretation of the structural patterns within the study area suggests that the kinematic development of the fracture sets is consistent with the model of development of subsidiary structures within the dextral strike-slip zone. Nearly all gas and gas condensate fields in the eastern part of the DDB may be classified as naturally fractured reservoirs in fault-breached anticlinal traps associated with releasing jogs in strike-slip assemblages. Gaseous hydrocarbons generated in deep "gas window" compartments have escaped here via several fracture corridors forming "sweet spots " sites.
The main objective of this contribution is to get an insight into the style and structural trends of formation structural traps of hydrocarbons which in concert with basin modeling technologies will ensure proper technical decisions for the efficient exploration and production of gas reservoirs.
This research summarizes new insights into gas deposits formation in the eastern part of DDB based on a synthetic approach ascertaining a vital connection of basin modeling results with the spatial distribution of kinematically induced releasing jogs which facilitating magnified fluid-and-gas conductivity.