Integrated Magnetotelluric (MT), Gravity and Seismic Study of Lower Kutai Basin Configuration


  • Selvi Misnia Irawati Geophysical Engineering, Institut Teknologi Sumatra (ITERA) Jalan Terusan Ryacudu, Lampung Selatan 35365, Indonesia
  • Hidayat Hidayat Geological Survey Center, Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources Jalan Diponegoro 57, Bandung 40144, Indonesia
  • Edy Wijanarko Research and Development Centre for Oil and Gas Technology, Indonesia Jalan Ciledug Raya Kav. 109, Jakarta 12230, Indonesia
  • Hendra Grandis Institut Teknologi Bandung



basin configuration, gravity, magnetotellurics, MT, seismics


This work describes a subsurface basin configuration of the Lower Kutai Basin (hereinafter LKB) in East Kalimantan, Indonesia, as inferred from combination of magnetotelluric (MT), seismic, and gravity data. LKB is structurally controlled mainly by the Samarinda Anticlinorium extending in a NNE-SSW direction and is one of the most prolific hydrocarbon basins in Indonesia. The phase tensor analysis of MT data from most stations and frequencies exhibited a 2D character with a relatively low skew (-3 < ? < 3). The geo-electrical strike direction was estimated at N30E, which is in good agreement with the regional geological strike with a NNE-SSW direction. 2D MT inversion modeling was performed to infer the subsurface resistivity distribution associated with LKB?s configuration. From the integration of MT, seismic and gravity models it was shown that LKB?s configuration is composed mainly of sandstone, black shale, claystone, and basement rocks. The conductive zones of the MT models are associated with thermal alteration of black shale, which changes its mineralization, leading to lower resistivity. Hence, the black shale may be interpreted as potential hydrocarbon source rock in LKB.


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