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The predominantly granitic terrain of Macau has no history of drilling and production, either onshore or in its limited territorial waters. No exploration wells have ever been drilled. Globalshift does not forecast any future production of oil or gas from the territory.
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Southeastern China is comprised of 3 crustal blocks, the North China Block, the Yangtze Block and the Cathaysia Block which collided through continent to continent collision in the Pre-Cambrian to form part of the Eurasian continent.
Macau, like Hong Kong, lies on the southern edge of the Cathaysia Block. The present-day tectonic setting is now a passive margin with no plate boundary along the edge of the continental platform.
Granitic rocks predominate of Late Jurassic to Early Cretaceous age which were emplaced during rifting of the South China Sea. Only limited sediments were deposited after the rifting stage in fault-controlled basins. Remaining in this passive margin setting, Globalshift considers that Macau, without access to offshore waters further out than 5.6 kms, has no oil and gas potential.