Skip to Main Content
Book Chapter

The Kingfisher Field, Block 16/8a, UK North Sea

By
Samantha Spence
Samantha Spence
Shell UK Exploration and Production, 1 Altens Farm Road, Nigg, Aberdeen AB12 3FY,UK (e-mail: Samantha.Spence@Shell.com and Helge.H.Kreutz@Shell.com)
Search for other works by this author on:
Helge Kreutz
Helge Kreutz
Shell UK Exploration and Production, 1 Altens Farm Road, Nigg, Aberdeen AB12 3FY,UK (e-mail: Samantha.Spence@Shell.com and Helge.H.Kreutz@Shell.com)
Search for other works by this author on:
Published:
January 01, 2003

Abstract

The Kingfisher Field is located in the South Viking Graben, Block 16/8a, with a minor extension into Block 16/8c. Block 16/8 was initially awarded in June 1970 to Shell and Esso, with the Kingfisher discovery well 16/8-1 spudded in 1972. The well tested high H2S oil at marginal rates from Upper Jurassic Brae Formation sandstones. Subsequent appraisal well 16/8a-4 (1984) tested gas/condensate from better quality Brae Formation sandstone reservoirs. This well also discovered the deeper Middle Jurassic Heather Formation sandstone gas/condensate accumulation at near-HPHT conditions. The Brae and Heather Formation sandstones contain stacked hydrocarbon accumulations in separate combinations of stratigraphic and structural traps. Production by natural aquifer drive commenced from a sub-sea satellite to Marathon’s Brae B platform in 1997, initially from the Brae reservoirs. To date, three production wells have been completed and a fourth well is planned to be on stream in 2000. The Brae Formation sandstones at Kingfisher are interpreted as distal deposits of the Brae/Miller fan-apron system and range in quality from excellent to very poor across the field. The Heather Formation reservoir consists of medium quality sands deposited within a submarine incised valley. The most recent volumetric estimate (1998) for the total field predicts an ultimate recovery of 41.2 MMBBL of pipeline liquids and 280 BCF of dry export gas. Regional reservoir architecture and connectivity as well as hydrocarbon composition are key to understanding the production performance of the critical gas/condensate below dewpoint. Advances in sub-sea and horizontal drilling technology have enabled field development.

You do not currently have access to this article.

Figures & Tables

Contents

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
Search for other works by this author on:
H. M. Hichens
H. M. Hichens
Oil and Gas Directorate, London, UK
Search for other works by this author on:
Geological Society of London
Volume
20
ISBN electronic:
9781862393950
Publication date:
January 01, 2003

GeoRef

References

Related

Citing Books via

Close Modal
This Feature Is Available To Subscribers Only

Sign In or Create an Account

Close Modal
Close Modal