MND conducts hydrocarbon exploration activities within 5 exploration licenses over a total area of 2,200 km2 in South Moravia.
Due to their geological character, all of these exploration areas are suitable for the formation of hydrocarbon deposits.
The Vienna Basin, consisting of a long strip of land, extending from the borders with Slovakia and Austria to the town of Moravský Písek, is historically the oldest of these. In terms of its regional-geological setting, the area is made up of a massive sedimentary pool, comprising a geological formation that extends to our country from Austria and Slovakia. The most promising hydrocarbon deposits are located in Sarmatian and Badenian sandstones at a depth of 600 to 3,000 m.
Currently the most important exploration area held by MND are the slopes of the Bohemian Massif. They are situated north-west of the Vienna Basin and extend nearly as far as to Brno. It is a region surrounded by the Bohemian Massif from the north-west and the Western Carpathians from the south-east. The two major exploration areas are Nesvačilka and Vranovice. Commercially viable hydrocarbon deposits are most likely to occur in Jurassic and Paleogene rock formations, lithologically sandstones, conglomerates and carbonates buried at depths of 1,000 to 4,000 meters.