Field Trip 1

The Neogene of the Vienna Basin – A Visit to the Largest Onshore Hydrocarbon Play in Europe

Date:
Friday, 9 June 2023

Field Trip Leaders:

  • Mathias Harzhauser (Natural History Museum Vienna)
  • Philipp Strauss (OMV)
  • Isabell Schretter (OMV)

 

Description

The Vienna Basin is a major fault-controlled basin situated in the transition zone between the Eastern Alps (Central and Northern Calcareous Alps) and the Western Carpatians. Besides many others, the Vienna Basin also contains the largest oil and gas field in onshore Europe, the Matzen Field, which Miocene History can be reconstructed from 3D seismic, wells and outcrops.

This field trip takes you to the Southern Vienna Basin where the main reservoirs are well-exposed in quarries. The Miocene sandstones are characterized by subtropical events of the Paratethyan Sea witnessing rocky shores, huge submarine dune fields and vas oolite shoals.

VIE23 - Fieldtrip 1 - impression

Route Information

Health and Safety Requirements

  • Sturdy footwear is recommended
  • Sunhat, sunlotion, sunglasses (temperature above 25 degrees possible)

 

Schedule

All time in CEST

TimeActivity
08:00Departure from Vienna
09:00 – 10:10Eisenstadt – Hartl gravel pit
Driving time 10 min
10:20 – 11:20St. Georgen Schießstätte
Driving time 10 min
11:30 – 12:30Großhöflein – Fenk Quarry
Driving time 70 min
13:40 – 15:00Wolfsthal
Lunch in quarry
Driving time 60 min
16:00Arrival in Vienna