Geology, geophysics and stratigraphic logging fieldwork report of the Semliki Basin. Ntoroko District, Western Uganda
Komukyeya, Akiiki Michelle
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This report documents my field excursion project in the Albertine graben under the guidance of lecturers from the department of geology and petroleum studies-Makerere University. The project employed various techniques of geology and geophysics to investigate various aspects of Semliki sedimentary basin. The observations, analyses, interpretations and results of this study have all been documented herein. Semliki sedimentary basin is located in the central domain of the western arm of the Albertine graben. It is a pull apart basin formed when the Albertine graben, a product of active rifting, underwent trans tensional strike-slip deformation that was controlled by already existing NE-SW graben-forming normal faults. The basin, asymmetric in nature, has a thin layer of sediments in the southern and south eastern parts but increases in thickness towards the north-west in the DRC. Its depocenter coincides with the location where the western bounding Semliki fault meets the basin floor. The basement rocks are dominated by fractured gneisses and granites while sedimentary rocks are dominated by sands and clays. The stratigraphic sequence exhibited in the basin is divided into seven Formations, namely; Kisegi, Kasande, Kakara, Oluka, Nyaburogo, Nyakabingo and Nyabusosi in that order of ascent. The provenance of the detritus in the basin was deduced to be in the Rwenzori mountains, with water as the main agent of transport. It was observed that environments in the basin shifted over time from alluvial plain, lacustrine, deltaic plain in semi-arid, humid and tropical climatic conditions; and as such enabled the deposition of the distinctive Formations. The basin was observed to have all the components of a working petroleum system. Kasande Formation providing a potential source rock, Kisegi and Kakara with potential reservoir targets while Oluka, Nyakabingo and Kasande are potential seals. It is also well endowed with both structural (rollover & compressional anticlines, tilted fault blocks) and stratigraphic traps (unconformities and pinch outs) as well as extensive fault arrays providing migration pathways. A high geothermal gradient facilitated early maturation of the source rock. Structural synthesis revealed timing of migration that was favorable for accumulation of petroleum. Finally, presence of an oil seepage in Kibuku is an indicator of an active system thus great petroleum potential.