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AUTHORS: Di Cuia R., Sarti M., Claps M.

YEAR: 2000

“New Insight into Basin Studies from Collaborative Research” Conference, GS of GB – London 24 October 2000

The Apulian Carbonate Platform of the Southern Apennines has been one of the major exploration targets in Italy in the last decade. This exploration strategy has brought to the discovery of some major oilfields. The Apulian Carbonates belong to a Platform that developed from Triassic up to Miocene in a relatively stable depositional and structural environment. On an exploration point of view the Upper Cretaceous Rudist facies show one of the more interesting petrophysical characteristics therefore represent one of the principal targets. The same Rudist facies found in wells also outcrop in the Murge Area about 100 Km east. To better understand the physical characteristics, the temporal and spatial evolution and distribution of the Rudist build ups a research study has been started between a group of oil companies and University of Ancona. During the first phase of this project a detailed facies and stratigraphic analyses were performed on outcrops of the Murge area allowing to identify XXX different rudist facies and determining their depositional relationship and depositional environment and therefore the paleogeography of the Upper Cretaceous. In the second phase of the study core and log data allowed to identify the same rudist facies in subcrop about 100 Km away from the outcrops. The good facies correlation between outcrop data and log data also at such big distance could help to build the same depositional model also to the reservoir.