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Moray Firth Fields

January 01, 2003


The Balmoral Oilfield is a mature asset in its final phase of production. Associated with the Balmoral development have been the less significant Glamis and Stirling Fields. Each field is different from the perspective of geology and many other issues. Balmoral is a typical Paleocene oilfield with good water drive from a large regional aquifer. Interestingly this was not recognized at the start of the development when water injection facilities were commissioned. Glamis is a smaller field of Late Jurassic age containing somewhat lighter oil than Balmoral. Water injection has been necessary to maximize recovery in this field. Stirling is one of the few fields in the North Sea to produce commercially from the naturally fractured Devonian Sandstone. This field is developed by a single horizontal well.

Balmoral oil recovery has significantly exceeded original expectations, whilst Glamis and Stirling have produced as much as expected.

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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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