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The Boulton Field, Block 44/21a, UK North Sea

A. M. Conway
A. M. Conway
ConocoPhillips, Rubislaw House, Anderson Drive, Aberdeen AB15 6FZ
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C. Valvatne
C. Valvatne
ConocoPhillips, 600 N. Dairy Ashford, Houston, Texas 77079
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January 01, 2003


The Boulton Field was discovered in 1984 when gas was tested from the Lower Ketch Unit, Carboniferous West-phalian C/D, in well 44/21-2. Following appraisal drilling in 1990, the Boulton ‘B’ structure was delineated and a trap confirmed by a combination of up-dip seal against basal Permian shales, and salts and lateral seal against sealing faults and impermeable Westphalian C sediments. A second structure was drilled in the same year, Boulton ‘F’, with gas discovered in the deeper Murdoch Sand Interval of the Westphalian C/D. The two separate structures collectively form the Boulton Field.

Current deliverability from the ‘B’ structure, Lower Ketch Sands is approximately 100 MMSCFD from a single producer. Developed with a minimal platform facility, the gas is delivered to Theddlethorpe Gas Terminal via offshore compression at the nearby Murdoch Field. The reservoir in Boulton ‘B’ comprises a series of channel sands deposited in a braided stream complex flowing predominantly from north to south across an Upper Carboniferous alluvial plain. Sandbody connectivity within the complex fluvial architecture of the Westphalian C is a key control on gas production.

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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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January 01, 2003




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