Lower Cretaceous reservoir development in the North Sea Central Graben, and potential analogue settings in the Southern Permian Basin and South Viking Graben

Zwaan, Frank (2018). Lower Cretaceous reservoir development in the North Sea Central Graben, and potential analogue settings in the Southern Permian Basin and South Viking Graben. Geological Society Special Publications, 469(1), pp. 479-504. Geological Society 10.1144/SP469.3

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Much of the future hydrocarbon exploration potential in the North Sea lies in locating stratigraphic traps and discrete reservoir intervals. This study assesses the potential for Lower Cre- taceous reservoirs, with particular focus on the Norwegian Central Graben and methods to identify future prospects over a wider area. Seismic interpretation and well data reveal the structure and sed- imentology of the study area. Although the region was isolated from a large hinterland in the Early Cretaceous, potential local sediment sources, sediment transport routes and areas with possible res- ervoir development are identified. The greater Mandal High area, where Lower Cretaceous shore- face deposits and submarine fan systems are postulated, is suggested for primary focus. Similar deposits may have developed around the other exposed highs in the region, although several were drowned towards the end of the Early Cretaceous. Detailed seismic and stratigraphic analysis will be necessary to identify individual reservoir units. Since comparable settings may have occurred in the adjacent South Viking Graben and Southern Permian Basin regions during the Early Creta- ceous, further reservoir assessment is recommended for the North Sea in general.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geological Sciences
08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geological Sciences > Tectonics

UniBE Contributor:

Zwaan, Frank

Subjects:

500 Science > 550 Earth sciences & geology

ISSN:

0305-8719

Publisher:

Geological Society

Funders:

[UNSPECIFIED] Shell Upstream International

Language:

English

Submitter:

Frank Zwaan

Date Deposited:

17 Jan 2018 14:36

Last Modified:

24 Oct 2019 09:03

Publisher DOI:

10.1144/SP469.3

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.108305

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/108305

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