Polish Geological Institute conducts tectonic and geodynamic studies of oil- and gas-bearing areas to obtain comprehensive genetic and spatial models.

The studies concern the following:
- Origin and architecture of structural traps
- Pore and fracture space of reservoir rocks
- Recent geodynamics of hydrocarbon deposits



  • Analysis of the origin and architecture of structural traps:
  • Tectonic analysis of seismic profiles
  • Meso- and microstructural analysis of drill cores
  • Tectonic interpretation of dipmeter and acoustic scanner logs
  • Studies of pore and fracture space in reservoir rocks:
  • Determination of geodynamic constraints on diagenetic, mineralisation and dolomitisation processes
  • Origin of fracture and fault systems and their spatial distribution
  • Determination of hydraulic conductivity anisotropy in fractured reservoirs
  • Studies of recent geodynamics of hydrocarbon fields include:
  • Determination of present-day tectonic stress direction from wellbore breakouts and drill core fractures
  • Determination of tectonic stress regime and stress magnitude from hydraulic fracturing tests, mechanical properties of rocks and the shape of wellbore breakouts
  • The results of tectonic and geodynamic investigations are subject to INTEGRATION that enables:
  • Determination of the orientation of tectonic structures, whose hydraulic conductivity is governed by the present-day tectonic stress field
  • Determination of an optimal trajectory of a directional well to achieve the highest productivity and drilling stability
  • Determination of propagation directions of induced hydraulic fractures
  • Estimation of the stability of tectonic structures and borehole walls under varying reservoir pressure conditions
  • Polish Geological Institute also performs regional tectonic studies including e.g. 2-D NUMERICAL MODELLING OF THE TECTONIC EVOLUTION OF SEDIMENTARY BASINS AND OROGENS.



  • STRETCH – forward modelling of synrift and thermal stages of extensional basin evolution
  • FLEXURAL DECOMPACTION – palinspastic reverse modelling of sedimentary basins with the use of flexural backstripping principles
  • OROGENY – forward modelling of collisional zones, including tectonic evolution of orogenic and foredeep basins





Marek Jarosiński, Dr Hab., Assistant Professor
Energy Security Program
tel. +48 22 45 92 554
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Tomasz Malata, Dr
Carpathian Branch
tel. +48 12 29 01 370
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