Stimulating exploration in frontier areas of the UKCS: a collaborative project on the Palaeozoic Date:

Students and staff members from Heriot-Watt Institutes of Petroleum Engineering (IPE) and Life & Earth Sciences (ILES) joined members of the British Geological Survey (BGS) to attend an AAPG Student Chapter Chapter Distinguished Lecture Series presentation delivered by BGS Geologist, Dr Alison Monaghan on 24 April.

After undertaking a PhD at the University of Edinburgh on the syn-rift tectonics and sedimentation of Sardinia, Dr Monaghan began work as a geologist at the BGS. Recently, she and her team undertook a large scale project in collaboration with the UK's regulatory Oil and Gas Authority (OGA), Oil and Gas UK and various industry partners.

Termed the ‘21st Century Exploration Roadmap (21CXRM) Palaeozoic Project', the project aimed to improve knowledge of the underexplored Palaeozoic petroleum systems of the North Sea and Greater Irish Sea.

Dr Monaghan introduced her team's work on the project and highlighted to the staff and students the value of this as an open access resource aiming to stimulate exploration in the UKCS.

After an overview of the motivation and requirements for the 21CXRM, Dr Monaghan presented some key results on the Carboniferous petroleum system of the Mid North Sea High region in the North Sea. Key reservoirs and source rock sections were discussed along with the main basin modelling results.  The work has aided exploration activity of this play in areas of the North Sea through industry collaboration and enhanced data sharing.

The presentation was particularly timely as a number of Student Chapter members are currently working in the regions that were covered in the lecture. As a result, a vibrant discussion followed the talk, cementing cross-institute collaboration between The Lyell Centre and Heriot-Watt University's academic applied geoscience research community.

The results of 21CXRM project have now been made public and can be accessed via the BGS website.

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