within the Baltic petroliferous province
a part of the so-called Baltic Syneclise and the Latvian Saddle, located
on the northwestern edge of the East European Platform. The Latvian
hydrocarbon prospects are associated with Western Latvia and the adjacent part of the Baltic Sea shelf, i.e. the northern part
of the Baltic Syneclise.
Baltic Syneclise is a sedimentary basin with thick succession of
sedimentary rocks and is regarded as highly prospective, being part of a
proven, Baltic petroliferous province, with oil production in
several countries. In total about 35 hydrocarbon accumulations have been discovered there. Most of them are oil
accumulations, but offshore Poland gas pools were also found.
district, oil production began in 1975. Currently (in 2008) they produce
583 000 t from the onshore fields and 842 000 t from
the second half of 2004,
production from the offshore D6 field started.
Lithuanian onshore oil
production started after the restoration of
independence in 1991. It was very limited at the beginning, but
increased quite fast and reached about 470 000 t in 2003.
sector of the Baltic Sea, the В3 field is producing with the
yearly production about 250 000 t.
the northern part of the basin, from time to time small-scale oil
production takes place on the Swedish island of Gotland.
Latvia, several small oil accumulations were discovered some time ago,
and there was no exploration activity during the last 10 years. Only
minor, short time oil production took place during the crisis time in
country has opened its offshore and onshore for exploration
and oil production.