Geochemical Characteristics of Oil Shales in the Volzhskii Basin and Productive Forecast of Rhenium Commercial Concentrations

This article is about geochemical characteristics of oil shales in the Volzhkaia oil shale formation. Tendency of changing of TOC, REE and biophile elements has been examined laterally and vertically based upon cross cuttings of Perelubskoe and Kotsebinskoe developments. Possible interrelation between concentration of molybdenum and rhenium in the Volzhskii basin has been discovered. Intervals of ash material and their potential genesis have been closely considered.

Rhenium in the Volzhsky Stage Deposits of the Volga Shale Basin Central Part

Multibillion oil shale resources within the Volga shale basin central part (Privolzhsky Federal District: Samara, Saratov, Ulyanovsk, and Orenburg regions) are low-quality sulfurous mineral raw materials. The commercial rhenium content in oil shale was found in the randomly selected samples from the Kashpirsky, Orlovsky, Perelyubsky, and Kotsebinsky fields. Rhenium concentration varies from 0.013 to 0.22 g/t with the ore marginal commercial concentration (as a concomitant component) of 0.05 g/t.