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Latvia is on the northwest edge of the East European Pre-Cambrian platform covered by Palaeozoic sediments.
Cambrian sandstones are the main potential oil reservoirs overlain by Ordovician to Silurian clays and carbonates followed by Devonian carbonates and sandstones. Carboniferous sediments are present only in southwest Latvia whilst a thin veneer of Mesozoic sediments overlie the extreme south.
Shales in the Cambrian, Ordovician and Silurian could be source rocks with the main potential oil generation area in the Gdansk-Kura depression. The Kuldiga oil field has a mid-Cambrian sandstone reservoir. Oil shows have also been found in the Ordovician.
Despite these shows, the poor reservoir quality suggests to Globalshift that the country has no commercial oil or gas potential, onshore or offshore.