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Re-evaluation of the Volcanic, Sedimentological and Structural nature of the Scott/Telford Fields within the Central North Sea:A route to extended field life?

Project Description

The North Sea has provided a highly important resource to the UK and its economy for over the last 50 years. With the basin in overall production decline, it is important to examine ways of prolonging and extended the life of this now mature basin.

The Scott/Telford fields had a combined production starting in 1993. Currently, given approximate production decline, the likely decommissioning timeframe of the fields is due to start in the mid-2020’s. Therefore, any mechanism which can act to impact and extend the field life of Scott/Telford is desirable.

Recent work at the University of Aberdeen has shown that our understanding of the North Sea triple junction region needs significant revision. A re-evaluation of seismic, well, core and biostratigraphic data from across the region indicates no significant intrusive activity or regional uplift during the
Lower and Middle Jurassic. Importantly that the Callovian to Upper Jurassic transgression (which forms the Scott/Telford Reservoir) took place over a complex topography of basinal lows and fault block highs.

The aim of the project is to fully re-evaluate the stratigraphic and structural development of the western flank of the triple junction area specifically in relation to Scott/Telford. The PhD will include combination of seismic interpretation, well log analysis, core studies, biostratigraphy and production data to establish the distribution and composition of different stratigraphic packages and how they influence and relate to reservoir development of Scott/Telford.

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Funding Notes

Fully Funded by CNOOC

TO APPLY - Please e-mail with CV and Cover Letter


Further Reading;

Quirie, AK, Schofield, N, Hartley, A, Hole, MJ, Archer, SG, Underhill, JR, Watson, D & Holford, SP 2019, 'The Rattray Volcanics: Middle Jurassic fissure volcanism in the UK Central North Sea' Journal of the Geological Society , vol. 176, pp. 462-481.

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