Cluster Meeting January 2017

The Petroleum Systems of the Mid North Sea High

This presentation will be given by Steve Corfield and take place in the Royal Cambrian Academy, Crown Lane, Conwy, LL32 8AN (located behind Plas Mawr) on Thursday 19th January 2017 at 6:30pm. Refreshments from 6:00pm.

In early 2016, the OGA launched a competition linked to future exploration licensing rounds in order to stimulate further offshore oil and gas exploration activity in the UKCS. This unprecedented move from Government was accompanied by a free data package which was available for download consisting of around 40,000 km of new and reprocessed legacy seismic data (including a substantial set of Broadband 2D seismic data), supplemented by gravity, magnetic and well data. The competition was in two phases: A small number of applicants were awarded ‘seed funding’ to carry out initial analysis. The successful candidate from the first phase would then be awarded further funds to develop their work into a final product for use by the OGA. 

A team from Geoscience Wales were awarded funding for both phases of the competition and have subsequently submitted a report to the OGA on the Petroleum Systems of the Mid North Sea High.

Stephen Corfield is a consultant based in Staffordshire. He graduated in 1986 with an Earth Sciences degree from Oxford Polytechnic and subsequently gained a PhD from the University of Keele on the structure and basin evolution of the North Staffordshire coalfield. This was followed by post-doctoral research from 1991-1994 at the University of Manchester funded by Conoco during which time he set up the department’s first 3D seismic interpretation workstation. He worked at Robertsons from 1994 to 2001 which included four years of commuting to Norway to consult for Norsk Hydro.

In 2001, he returned to Manchester to set up a Norsk Hydro funded 3D seismic lab with a small team of researchers. Since 2003, he has been a consultant working mainly for Norsk Hydro (now Statoil) Geoteric and Cairn Energy

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