Weald and Wessex Basin Fields
The Weald Basin of SE England is a lozenge shaped accumulation of sediments occuring from Southampton and Winchester in the west to Maidstone and Hastings in the east. It is approximately 150 km long by 60 km wide, covering an area of some 9000 km2 (Fig. 1). Several commercial oil and gas discoveries have been made, mostly on the flanks of the basin. These fields have been in continous production since the early 1980s. Field size in terms of recoverable hydrocarbons is small, 0.5 to 6MMBBL of oil is typical. Hydrocarbons are produced primarily from the Middle Jurassic Bathonian Great Oolite at Humbly Grove, Herriard, Storrington, Singleton, Stockbridge, Goodworth and Horndean fields but also from the Late Oxfordian-Early Kimmeridgian Corallian Sandstone at Palmers Wood; Portland Sandstone at Brockham and Godley Bridge; Corallian Limestone at Bletchingley; Purbeck Sandstones in Albury and Late Triassic Rhaetic calcarenites in Humbly Grove. Cumulative oil production from the basin as a whole is currently 19.1 MMSTB.
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Memoir 20 is the most comprehensive reference work on the UK’s oil and gas fields available. It updates and substantially extends Memoir 14 (1991), United Kingdom 0il and Gas Fields, one of the Geological Society’s best-selling books. This new edition contains updates on many of the ageing giant fields, as well as entries for fields either undiscovered or undeveloped when Memoir 14 was published.
The book is divided into nine parts covering the major petroleum provinces both offshore and onshore United Kingdom, from the Gas Basin in the southern North Sea to the Viking Graben in the northern North Sea, from the Atlantic Frontier to the Irish Sea and from the Wessex Basin to the East Midlands. Each part contains a reference map showing field locations. The introductory chapters reveal the stories behind the major plays and discoveries therein, and their tectonic and stratigraphic framework. There are two appendices: tabulated field data and a comprehensive list for all of the UK's 300+ oil and gas fields.