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Geology

Hydrocarbon exploration in Greenland started in the 1970s, and since then more than 17,000 km2 of 3D-seismic data and 350,000 km of 2D-seismic data have been acquired. A total of 15 exploration wells has been drilled in Greenland, the latest were drilled by Cairn Energy PLC in 2010 and 2011. The geology and prospectivity of Greenland have been investigated both by the public sector and by private companies. The Department of Oil and Gas wants to make as much as possible of this data public available, and therefore seismic and well data can be found at our national petroleum data repository: GNPDR. Read more about GNPDR under the menu to the left, or visit the GNPDR portal.

To further explore the prospectivity and understand the geology, the Department of Oil and Gas is conducting and initiating several geological and geophysical projects. The majority of the projects are being conducted in cooperation with the Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland, GEUS. One of the larger ongoing projects is the Greenland Resource Assessment. More information about this topic can be found in the menu to the left.