United Kingdom Oil and Gas Fields: 50th Anniversary Commemorative Volume
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Geological Society Memoir 52 records the extraordinary journey of more than 50 years that has led to the development of some 458 oil and gas fields on the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS). It contains papers on almost 150 onshore and offshore fields in all of the UK's main petroliferous basins. These papers range from look-backs on some of the first-developed gas fields in the Southern North Sea, to papers on fields that have only just been brought into production or may still remain undeveloped, and includes two candidate CO2 sequestration projects.
These papers are intended to provide a consistent summary of the exploration, appraisal, development and production history of each field, leading to the current subsurface understanding which is described in greater detail. As such, the Memoir will be an enduring reference source for those exploring for, developing, producing hydrocarbons and sequestering CO2 on the UKCS in the coming decades. It encapsulates the petroleum industry's deep subsurface knowledge accrued over more than 50 years of exploration and production.
The Brechin Field, Block 22/23a, UK North Sea
Published:October 30, 2020
G. Goffey, S. Lunn, J. Seedhouse, 2020. "The Brechin Field, Block 22/23a, UK North Sea", United Kingdom Oil and Gas Fields: 50th Anniversary Commemorative Volume, G. Goffey, J. G. Gluyas
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The Brechin Field was discovered by Paladin Resources in 2004. The reservoir is the Paleocene Forties Sandstone Member, with oil trapped in a small dip closure. The prospect was identified as a bright anomaly on a fluid volume processed as part of a 4D survey. However, the anomaly was not consistent with rock physics modelling, and an earlier processed version of the baseline 3D survey showed the opposite response to the 4D datasets. It was established that the fluid anomaly on the 4D data resulted from constructive interference between reflections from the oil–water contact and from top reservoir. Thus,...