Abstract

ABSTRACT

A detailed seismic stratigraphic interpretation of a previously unpublished, well-calibrated 3D seismic volume and regional 2D seismic lines in the Northern Porcupine Basin, west of Ireland has provided significant insights into the basin development, sedimentary fill and petroleum prospectivity within this area of the Irish Atlantic continental margin. The results of the seismic interpretation presented here provide a detailed description of the evolution of the Connemara discovery and have resulted in a revised model for the tectonic development and stratigraphic evolution of the fault block structure containing the oil accumulation. The new seismic stratigraphic analysis also provides the basis for an alternative interpretation of Early Cretaceous ‘clinoform’ features based on the results of the 3D seismic interpretation which supports a genesis through structural rotation of onlapping horizons rather than depositional downlap favoured by previous interpretations. This new-found structural and stratigraphic understanding not only has significant implications for determining the main controls on the Connemara discovery, but also provides a basis upon which to place other prospective structures in their regional context, including the identification and risking of exploration plays and prospects in the area.

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