Skip to Main Content
Book Chapter

Exploration and appraisal of a 120 km2 four-way dip closure: what could possibly go wrong?

By
K. D. Fielding
K. D. Fielding
Search for other works by this author on:
D. Burnett
D. Burnett
Search for other works by this author on:
N. J. Crabtree
N. J. Crabtree
Search for other works by this author on:
H. Ladegaard
H. Ladegaard
Search for other works by this author on:
L. C. Lawton
L. C. Lawton
Search for other works by this author on:
Published:
January 01, 2014

Abstract

Large four-way dip closures were obvious on multi-client 3D seismic data acquired during 1996–1998 over the unlicenced ‘White Zone’ between the Faroe and Shetland Islands. Cambo, located at the junction between the Westray and Corona ridges, is the largest of these features and covers an area of between 50 and 150 km2. As of October 2011, Hess and its co-venturers had drilled four wells on the Cambo structure. This paper represents a brief summary of the results of these wells as an Exploration Case study. Key conclusions from this case study include: (1) it is the subsurface setting and not the drilling environment that controls uncertainty level in recoverable oil and requirement for appraisal; drilling in an environment where wells are expensive does not imply you will need fewer of them prior to making a development decision; (2) a volumetrically small oil field requires at least as much delineation as a large one of equal complexity and lateral extent; indeed, more data may be required in order to mitigate risk of commercial failure; and (3) crestal locations for wildcat exploration wells are often not optimal; this is especially the case if reservoir presence or column retention is the key risk of the play type being tested. Efforts at Cambo now focus on constraining the remaining subsurface uncertainties to an acceptable level and moving the project forward towards development sanction. Despite the knowledge acquired from the extensive exploration and appraisal campaign completed to date by the Cambo co-venturers, at the time of writing the timing of development and preferred development solution at Cambo remains unclear.

You do not currently have access to this article.

Figures & Tables

Contents

Geological Society, London, Special Publications

Hydrocarbon Exploration to Exploitation West of Shetlands

S. J. C. Cannon
S. J. C. Cannon
Statoil (UK) Ltd
Search for other works by this author on:
D. Ellis
D. Ellis
Statoil (UK) Ltd
Search for other works by this author on:
Geological Society of London
Volume
397
ISBN electronic:
9781862396739
Publication date:
January 01, 2014

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