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The Lancaster Field; progress in opening the UK's fractured basement play

A. Belaidi, D. A. Bonter, C. Slightam and Robert C. Trice
The Lancaster Field; progress in opening the UK's fractured basement play (in Petroleum geology of NW Europe; 50 years of learning; proceedings of the 8th petroleum geology conference, M. Bowman (editor) and B. Levell (editor))
Petroleum Geology Conference Series (2018) 8: 385-398

Abstract

To date, fractured crystalline basement reservoirs (basement) on the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS) have largely been underexplored, despite the fact that numerous indications of hydrocarbons have been reported from basement in wells dating back to the 1970s. As production from the UKCS continues to decline, and with the exploration potential of more traditional plays becoming increasingly mature, the potential of the overlooked and underrated basement play warrants further exploration. Over the last 10 years, Hurricane Energy (Hurricane) have deliberately set out to explore the potential of this untapped resource, focusing on the Rona Ridge trend, West of Shetland. The Lancaster Field has been penetrated by four wells and benefits from a full 3D seismic survey, and, as such, represents Hurricane's most de-risked basement asset. The level of understanding of the Lancaster reservoir is such that Hurricane is now working towards a phased field development. This paper provides a summary of the geology and reservoir characteristics of the Lancaster Discovery, and a description of the technical progress achieved, to date, in de-risking the Lancaster Field.


ISSN: 2047-9921
Serial Title: Petroleum Geology Conference Series
Serial Volume: 8
Title: The Lancaster Field; progress in opening the UK's fractured basement play
Title: Petroleum geology of NW Europe; 50 years of learning; proceedings of the 8th petroleum geology conference
Author(s): Belaidi, A.Bonter, D. A.Slightam, C.Trice, Robert C.
Author(s): Bowman, M.editor
Author(s): Levell, B.editor
Affiliation: Hurricane Energy, Surrey, United Kingdom
Affiliation: University of Manchester, Manchester, United Kingdom
Pages: 385-398
Published: 2018
Text Language: English
Publisher: Geological Society of London, London, United Kingdom
Meeting name: 8th petroleum geology conference
Meeting location: London, GBR, United Kingdom
Meeting date: 20150928Sept. 28-30, 2015
References: 9
Accession Number: 2018-037074
Categories: Economic geology, geology of energy sourcesApplied geophysics
Document Type: Serial Conference document
Bibliographic Level: Analytic
Illustration Description: illus. incl. 1 table, geol. sketch maps
N59°49'60" - N61°00'00", W01°45'00" - W00°45'00"
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Secondary Affiliation: GeoRef, Copyright 2018, American Geosciences Institute. Reference includes data from The Geological Society, London, London, United Kingdom
Update Code: 201809
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