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The South Brae Field, Blocks 16/07a, 16/07b, UK North Sea

Keith J. Fletcher
Keith J. Fletcher
Marathon Oil UK, Ltd., Marathon House,Rubislaw Hill, Anderson Drive, Aberdeen AB15 6FZ, UK Present address: Shell UK Exploration and Production, 1 Altens Farm Road, Nigg, Aberdeen AB12 3FY
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January 01, 2003


The South Brae Oilfield lies at the western margin of the South Viking Graben, 161 miles NE of Aberdeen. Oil production began in July 1983 from a single platform located in 368 ft of water. The field STOOIP is 795 MMBBLs, and in May 1999, cumulative exports of oil and NGL reached 265 MMBBLs. The reservoir lies at depths in excess of 11 800 ft TVDss, has a maximum gross hydrocarbon column of 1670 ft, and covers an area of approximately 6000 acres.

The reservoir consists of Upper Jurassic Brae Formation sandstones and conglomerates deposited as submarine fan complexes that are downfaulted against tight sealing rocks of probable Devonian age at the western margin of the field. The other field margins are constrained by a combination of structural dip and stratigraphic pinchout.

The reservoir is capped by, and interdigitates with, organic rich mudstones of the Kimmeridge Clay and Brae Formations. This intimate association of source rock and reservoir facies allows for short migration routes into the reservoir.

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Geological Society, London, Memoirs

United Kingdom Oil and Gas Fields Commemorative Millennium Volume

J. G. Gluyas
J. G. Gluyas
Acorn Oil Gas Ltd, Staines, Middlesex, UK
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H. M. Hichens
H. M. Hichens
Oil and Gas Directorate, London, UK
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Geological Society of London
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January 01, 2003




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