W013 North Sea Reservoirs Series - Devonian Reservoirs Overview

Event Facts

Date:
1 Sep. 2020
Event Code:
W013a20VC
Duration:
1 days
Instructors:
Steven Andrews, Stuart Archer
Location:
Virtual
Booking Status:
Good Availability
Fee:
GBP £965 (Exclusive of tax)
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Course Facts

Course Code:
W013
Duration:
1 days
Type:
Virtual Classroom
Certificate:
Certificate Issued Upon Completion

Summary

As the North Sea becomes more mature, and seismic data quality improves, secondary reservoir targets are coming in to focus.  This is true for the Devonian of the North Sea, which is still being explored long after other plays have been designated as mature.

Fundamental knowledge regarding Devonian depositional environments will be shared by integrating core, well and seismic data with modern analogues and classic outcrops. 

Although the workshops are organised through the lens of reservoir geology, other petroleum systems elements will be discussed (seal, trap, source, charge and timing). 

Duration and Training Method

This course has been designed to be delivered as a short but impactful learning experience over one day (via 4 webinar sessions).  These courses can also be delivered via staggered webinars across a number of days (depending on the clients preferred delivery mode). 

Participants will learn how to:
  1. Interpret the gross depositional environments of the Devonian of the North Sea and understand the range of facies within dryland fluvio-lacustrine systems.    
  2. Use virtual outcrops and modern analogues to support subsurface work.
  3. Predict the controls on reservoir quality (facies and diagenesis).
  4. Build their knowledge of the key producing analogue fields (e.g. Buchan, Argyll and Embla Fields).
  5. Interpret Devonian stratigraphy and sediment distribution in the context of endorheic basins.
  6. Recognise both the uses and abuses of the continental sequence stratigraphic method.
The one day webinar format will be split up into sessions.  Likely 4 sessions (9.00-10.30, 11.00-12.00, 1.00-2.30, 3.00-4.00 UK time tbc). 

Session 1:

  • Introduction to the Devonian play
  • Structural setting, early rift configuration and sedimentation (Lower Old Red Sandstone)

Session 2:

  • Basin expansion and stratigraphic evolution through the Middle Old Red Sandstone.
  • Fluvio-lacustrine sedimentary systems and carbonate facies. 

Session 3:

  • The Upper Old Red Sandstone: towards an overfilled basin. 

Session 4:

  • Petroleum systems and into the offshore.
  • Discussion session, conclusions, take home messages and a look to the future.

Who should attend

This course will benefit any subsurface professional working on the Devonian play in the North Sea or the West of Britain.  The course is aimed primarily at geologists but geophysicists and reservoir engineers will also benefit from a deeper understanding of this reservoir type.

Steven Andrews

Background
Steven is a part-time lecturer at the University of the Highlands and Islands and a geological consultant, based near Inverness, Scotland. His expertise lies in lacustrine, and more broadly continental sedimentary systems, which has been built on extensive study of the Devonian of northern Scotland and the Permian-Triassic of East Greenland and the North Atlantic.

After completing his PhD on the basin-scale response of linked lacustrine and fluvial systems to climatic fluctuations in 2008, Steven held research positions at CASP and the University of Aberdeen. During this time, he undertook 11 field campaigns in East Greenland, expanding his knowledge of lacustrine systems through work on the superbly exposed Triassic succession, while continuing his work on the Devonian of northern Scotland. Much of this work was undertaken with a focus on the petroleum systems of the north Atlantic, and latterly included the detailed study of the exhumed hydrocarbon traps of East Greenland. In 2017, Steven took up a lectureship at the University of Exeter and initiated collaboration with GUES which facilitated continued, and ongoing, research in East Greenland. Steven moved north in 2018 to work at the University of the Highlands and Islands, Scotland.  

Steven's research interests are focused on the response of sedimentary systems to climatic and environmental change, largely focusing on continental systems. This work allows the interrogration of climatic trends and increases our understanding of global climatic systems back through Earth's history. Furthermore, this research can be applied to regionally recorded climatic signals which can be important in correlation as well as the prediction of facies distribution and is therefore, significant for applied subsurface geology.

Affiliations and Accreditation
Honorary Research Associate – University of Aberdeen
PhD University of Aberdeen
BSc (Hons) University of Aberdeen - Geology and Petroleum Geology

Courses Taught
W013: North Sea Reservoirs Series - Devonian Reservoirs Overview

Stuart Archer

Background
Stuart is responsible for the geoscientific content in the RPS Training portfolio. He also has a role in the marketing of RPS training products. He is based at the RPS Energy office in Woking, Surrey.

From 1996 to 2008, Stuart was employed by ConocoPhillips in Aberdeen and Houston. He held positions as an exploration geologist, working on frontier projects in the UK and Irish Atlantic Margin and the Gulf of Mexico, and as an appraisal and development geologist on the Britannia and Jasmine Fields in the Central North Sea. In 2009, Stuart took up the position of Director of exploHUB at the University of Aberdeen, which was a ground breaking training centre for hydrocarbon exploration with a teaching philosophy of learning by doing. Since 2014, Stuart has held various exploration assurance positions with Dana Petroleum, Maersk Oil and Total, most recently in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Stuart’s research interests are in the area of clastic sequence stratigraphy and emphasising its key role in the exploration and development of natural resources. Stuart is a natural integrator and enjoys working in multi-disciplinary teams. He recognises the importance of collaboration to solve complex problems and is passionate about releasing the power of teams.

 

Affiliations and Accreditation
Honorary Research Associate – University of Glasgow, School of Geographical & Earth Sciences
PhD University of Aberdeen
MSc University of Aberdeen - Petroleum Geology
BSc University of Glasgow - Geology and Geography

Courses Taught
N499: Shallow Marine Reservoir Analogues and their Application to the Jurassic of the North Sea (Isle of Skye and Raasay, UK)
N514: Deltaic and Shallow Marine Sequence Stratigraphy and Sedimentology (Wyoming, USA)
W011: North Sea Reservoirs Series - New Perspectives on North Sea Plays (Distance Learning)
W013: North Sea Reservoirs Series - Devonian Reservoirs Overview (Distance Learning)
W017: North Sea Reservoirs Series - Triassic Reservoirs Overview (Distance Learning)

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