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Goldeneye: Tomorrow Never Dies (or a field Only Lives Twice)

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John D. Marshall
John D. Marshall
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Shell International Petroleum Company Projects and Technology, 1 Altens Farm Road, Aberdeen AB12 3FY, UK
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Owain D. Tucker
Owain D. Tucker
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Shell International Petroleum Company Projects and Technology, 1 Altens Farm Road, Aberdeen AB12 3FY, UK
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Cliff E. Lovelock
Cliff E. Lovelock
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Shell UK, 1 Altens Farm Road, Aberdeen AB12 3FY, UK
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Sebastian J. Darker
Sebastian J. Darker
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Brunei Shell Petroleum Company Sendirian Berhad, Jalan Utara, Panaga, Seria KB2933, Negara Brunei Darussalam
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Carlos E. Annia
Carlos E. Annia
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Petroleum Development Oman, PO Box 81, Postal Code 100, Muscat, Sultanate of Oman
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Jon B. Hognestad
Jon B. Hognestad
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Shell International Petroleum Company Projects and Technology, AS Norske Shell, Tankvegen 1, 4098 Risavika, Norway
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Published:
January 01, 2018

Abstract

The Goldeneye gas–condensate field lies in the Moray Firth Basin of the North Sea and illustrates the potential for further field life after the normal end of production. It was discovered in 1996 in a three-way dip-closed structure in the Lower Cretaceous Captain Sandstone. Five development wells were drilled from a single production platform and first gas was produced in 2004.

The field pressure decline indicated partial aquifer support and no compartmentalization. Approaching the end of production, the opportunity arose to propose Goldeneye as a store for CO2. The cap-rock seal was capable of containing gas and the removed hydrocarbons left a significant volume that could be refilled without raising pressures above original conditions. The field's good reservoir properties were favourable for injection, the wellstock and infrastructure were modern, and CO2 sources were available close by.

The different requirements of a storage project called for a detailed understanding of the overburden to guard against possible leak paths and to identify secondary containment. Furthermore, greater understanding of the aquifer was needed as it limits storage volumes through its impact on reservoir pressures. Updated interpretation, analysis and modelling demonstrated that Goldeneye is an excellent potential CO2 storage site, which gives it a possible second span of life helping to offset UK CO2 emissions.

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Geological Society, London, Special Publications

Petroleum Geology of NW Europe: 50 Years of Learning – Proceedings of the 8th Petroleum Geology Conference

M. Bowman
M. Bowman
University of Manchester, UK
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B. Levell
B. Levell
University of Oxford, UK
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The Geological Society of London
Volume
8
ISBN electronic:
9781786203151
Publication date:
January 01, 2018

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