Abstract: The region of the South China Sea has been proven to have rich natural resources. Since late 1950s, the oil and gas reserves found in the South China Sea made this area highly attractive. Surrounding countries began to contend for the sovereignty over the islands in the South China Sea, and declared the outer limits of their governing waters in order to seek for the recognition of their ownerships of the oil and gas reserves in the South China Sea. Our government has also declared a mining area surrounding the Taiping Island. This research project aims to investigate the oil and gas resources in the South China Sea and to better understand the natural environments of our declared mining area. The data collected in this study will help for future oil and gas exploration.
In this study, an integrated database will be constructed. The analyses of the recent exploration activities conducted by surrounding countries, the risks of exploration in the South China Sea, and the petroleum geology of the oil and gas basins and the petroleum systems of each basin in the South China Sea will be studied in order to assess the resource potentials of the South China Sea. Also, an integrated marine geophysical, geologial and hydrological investigation survey will be conducted.
This project will be carried out by a team consists of researchers from the GeoResource Research Center of the National Cheng-Kung University (NCKU), the Institute of Oceanography, National Taiwan University (NTU), and the CPC Cooperation. NTU team will be responsible for marine investigation. Among the NTU team members, Professor Char-Shine Liu (PI) will be responsible for seismic and chirp sonar profiling and gravity measurements; Professor Chih-Chieh Su (co-PI) will responsible for seafloor sediment coring; Professor Joe Wang (co-PI) will be responsible for ocean current and hydrographic data.
This is the third year of the three-year project, and we will focus on the areas surrounding the Taiping Island. Our investigations will be carried out by shipboard measurement to have a preliminary understanding of the marine geological background and the characteristics of the marine environment. Our results will help future investigations for possible resource exploration and development around the Taiping Island.
Oil and Gas
South China Sea