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The unconventional Carboniferous reservoirs of the Greater Kirby Misperton gas field and their potential: North Yorkshire's sleeping giant

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Fred Hughes
Fred Hughes
Third Energy Ltd, 1 Grosvenor Place, London SW1X 7HJ, UK
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David Harrison
David Harrison
Third Energy Ltd, 1 Grosvenor Place, London SW1X 7HJ, UK
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Matthew Haarhoff
Matthew Haarhoff
Third Energy Ltd, 1 Grosvenor Place, London SW1X 7HJ, UK
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Paul Howlett
Paul Howlett
Energy Explorers Ltd, 36 Arundel Road, Kingston KT1 3RZ, UK
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Andrew Pearson
Andrew Pearson
Third Energy Ltd, 1 Grosvenor Place, London SW1X 7HJ, UK
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Debbie Ware
Debbie Ware
Third Energy Ltd, 1 Grosvenor Place, London SW1X 7HJ, UK
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Colin Taylor
Colin Taylor
Third Energy Ltd, 1 Grosvenor Place, London SW1X 7HJ, UK
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Grant Emms
Grant Emms
Third Energy Ltd, 1 Grosvenor Place, London SW1X 7HJ, UK
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Andy Mortimer
Andy Mortimer
Third Energy Ltd, 1 Grosvenor Place, London SW1X 7HJ, UK
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Published:
January 01, 2018

Abstract

Unconventional hydrocarbon exploration in the UK is in its infancy and Third Energy's activities represent a major step towards unlocking the potential contained within the Carboniferous section beneath North Yorkshire. In the United States, production from unconventional petroleum systems has transformed the country's domestic energy markets. If the UK can replicate this success, it would go some way to offsetting the decline of North Sea production and thereby reduce dependence on foreign imports.

At the end of 2015, no other company had undertaken any unconventional exploration in North Yorkshire and great uncertainty remained over the region's prospectivity. To rectify this dearth of information, Third Energy carried out a detailed examination of vintage data from the area and also drilled a new well to acquire a modern, unconventionally focused dataset, including approximately 800 ft of core and 4000 ft of wireline log data. Analysis of the mineralogy, maturity, kerogen type, total organic content, brittleness, porosity and permeability of the Carboniferous Bowland sequence has enabled several intervals to be high graded. Given these results, Third Energy now plan to hydraulically fracture these intervals with the intent of producing the UK's first unconventionally sourced electricity at its Knapton Generating Station.

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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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