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The West Firsby Oilfield, Development Licence 003, Lincolnshire

R. J. Bailey
R. J. Bailey
Tullow Oil International Ltd, Dublin, Ireland
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January 01, 2003


The West Firsby Oilfield exemplifies the classic east Midlands oil play, sourced by early Namurian pro-deltaic shales. Stacked fluvio-deltaic sandstone reservoirs of latest Namurian to early Westphalian 'A' age are structured into a Variscan inversion anticline in the hanging wall of the northeastern boundary fault of the Dinantian-Namurian Gainsborough Trough. The Enterprise West Firsby-1 discovery well, drilled on a 'Top Westphalian 'A'' seismic depth closure, encountered oil-bearing sandstones at three levels. These are thought to represent the earliest Westphalian 'A' Sub-Alton/Crawshaw distributary channel and mouthbar sandstones (Reservoir Zone [RZ] 1), the stacked fluvial channel sands of the Namurian Rough Rock (RZ2) and an underlying high quality mouth-bar sandstone (RZ3). In the hanging wall setting, these units can be correlated over an area far larger than the West Firsby Field.

On acquiring operatorship of the Development Licence (DL 003) in 1991, Tullow Exploration put the WF-1 well into production from RZ2 and 3 disposing of produced water in the earlier-drilled and unsuccessful WF-2 step-out. Between 1992 and 1996, three new production wells (WF-4, -5 and -6) were drilled from the same surface site. The wells principally produce from RZ2 and involve high-angle/horizontal sections in these sandstones, approaching 170 m in length in WF-6. Strong aquifer support, coupled with the injection of produced water into RZ2 of WF-2, promotes early natural flow from such wells at rates up to 800 BOPD, and when this declines jet-pumping can maintain production at rates of several hundred BOPD/well. As of 1st January 1999, the West Firsby Oilfield had produced 0.97 MMBBL of an estimated 13 MMBBL OIIP, maintaining an average annual rate during 1998 of 345 BOPD from four wells. Remaining recoverable reserves are estimated at around 1.03 MMBBL.

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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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