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Abstract

Spatially and temporally variable Tournaisian to Namurian Carboniferous fluvial, fluvio-deltaic, platform carbonate and shale-dominated basin sedimentary successions up to 3.5 km thick are preserved in a complex series of basins from the Outer Moray Firth (Quadrant 14) to the Silverpit Basin (Quadrant 44). Differences in stratigraphic nomenclature in the areas surrounding the Mid North Sea High and onshore, combined with sparse biostratigraphic data, have hindered the systematic regional understanding of the timing and controls on stacked source and reservoir rock intervals. Over 125 well reinterpretations, tied to seismic interpretations, provide evidence of the inception and extent of a delta system. Regional time slices highlight a long-lived laterally equivalent basinal, mud-rich succession across Quadrants 41–44. They also show that the area from the Outer Moray Firth to the Silverpit Basin was part of the same sedimentary system up to at least Namurian times. All of this is placed within a simplified stratigraphic framework.

Supplementary material:Appendix A in the Supplementary Material contains the stratigraphic intervals interpreted on each well and highlights which intervals have biostratigraphic control. Supplemental Figures 1 and 2 are larger scale versions of Figures 68. The Supplementary Material is available at https://doi.org/10.6084/m9.figshare.c.4087046

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