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1 HYDROCARBON EXPLORATION OPPORTUNITIES IN THE 21ST CENTURY, UNITED KINGDOM J R V Brooks 1, S Stoker 2 & T D J Cameron 2 1 Department of Trade and Industry, UK 2 British Geological Survey British Geological Survey

2 TOTAL OIL, GAS AND CONDENSATE

3 UK ULTIMATE RECOVERABLE RESERVES

4 Continent-Ocean Boundary Rockall Trough ATLANTIC MARGIN Oil Field Condensate Field Gas Field California 500 km UK

5 UK is self-sufficient in oil and gas 204 offshore and 35 onshore fields currently producing :- 136 oil, 87 gas and 16 condensate Producing reservoirs: Pre-Devonian basement to Eocene Successful discretionary award scheme

6 Continent-Ocean Boundary Oil Field Condensate Field Gas Field Rockall Trough ATLANTIC MARGIN

7 UK PETROLEUM PROVINCES NORTH SEA OIL PROVINCE NORTH SEA GAS PROVINCE ONSHORE & IRISH SEA BASINS ATLANTIC MARGIN

8 Oil Field Condensate Field Gas Field Continent-Ocean Boundary Rockall Trough ATLANTIC MARGIN

9 NORTH SEA OIL PROVINCE

10 ESTABLISHED PETROLEUM PLAYS, NORTH SEA OIL PROVINCE

11 VIKING GRABEN VIKING GRABEN MORAY FIRTH MORAY FIRTH CENTRAL GRABEN CENTRAL GRABEN

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13 NORTH SEA OIL PROVINCE Pre-rift: Devonian to Middle Jurassic - Carboniferous in Central Graben underexplored Syn-rift: Upper Jurassic to Lower Cretaceous - 35% - 40% of undiscovered reserves Post-rift: Upper Cretaceous to Eocene - Paleogene heavy oil reserves underexplored

14 SELECTED CREAMING CURVES, NORTH SEA OIL PROVINCE

15 VIKING GRABEN VIKING GRABEN MORAY FIRTH MORAY FIRTH CENTRAL GRABEN CENTRAL GRABEN

16 Oil Field Condensate Field Gas Field Continent-Ocean Boundary Rockall Trough ATLANTIC MARGIN

17 NORTH SEA GAS PROVINCE

18 PETROLEUM PLAY DISTRIBUTION, NORTH SEA GAS PROVINCE

19 NORTH SEA GAS PROVINCE Lower Permian discoveries still being made. The NW Europe fairway has ultimately recoverable reserves of 159 tcf Seven Carboniferous fields contribute 5% of UK gas production - fairway is in early stage of exploration

20 CARBONIFEROUS PLAYS, NORTH SEA GAS PROVINCE

21 CARBONIFEROUS PLAYS Majority of discoveries have been made in simple structural traps Recent successes in combined structural / stratigraphic plays, e.g. hanging wall traps Stratigraphic and deeper traps unexplored

22 Oil Field Condensate Field Gas Field Continent-Ocean Boundary Rockall Trough ATLANTIC MARGIN

23 UK ONSHORE AND IRISH SEA BASINS

24 UK ONSHORE AND IRISH SEA PETROLEUM PROVINCES Caernarfon Bay Basin Basin Cardigan Bay UK FRANCE

25 PETROLEUM PLAYS, CAERNARFON BAY BASIN, IRISH SEA

26 Oil Field Condensate Field Gas Field Continent-Ocean Boundary Rockall Trough ATLANTIC MARGIN

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28 UK ATLANTIC MARGIN Continent-Ocean boundary Hatton Bank Wyville- Thomson Transfer FSB FSB Faroe- Shetland Basin

29 Oil Field Condensate Field Gas Field Continent-Ocean Boundary Rockall Trough ATLANTIC MARGIN

30 PETROLEUM PLAYS IN THE FAROE-SHETLAND BASIN

31 MID-EOCENE FAN COMPLEX, FAROE-SHETLAND BASIN Miocene inversion axis Rona Ridge FSB FAROES UK

32 PETROLEUM PLAYS IN THE FAROE-SHETLAND BASIN NEWLY DESIGNATED AREA

33 FAROE-SHETLAND BASIN Miocene inversion axis Rona Ridge FSB FAROES UK

34 PETROLEUM PLAYS IN THE ROCKALL TROUGH

35 UK ATLANTIC MARGIN Continent-Ocean boundary Hatton Bank Wyville- Thomson Transfer FSB FSB Faroe- Shetland Basin

36 PETROLEUM PLAYS IN THE HATTON BASIN

37 UK ATLANTIC MARGIN Continent-Ocean boundary Hatton Bank Wyville- Thomson Transfer FSB FSB Faroe- Shetland Basin

38 TOTAL OIL, GAS AND CONDENSATE

39 UK ULTIMATE RECOVERABLE RESERVES

40 HISTORICAL PREDICTIONS OF UK OIL PRODUCTION

41 UK daily production averaging 3MMBOE to 2010 Buoyant NW Europe economy Exciting potential for small, medium and large companies Government committed to facilitating innovative thinking, cost reduction and licence trading

42 ATLANTIC MARGIN

43 Around 65% of undiscovered reserves lie within 50 km of existing infrastructure Frontier basins of Atlantic Margin offer greatest potential for major new reserves - gas potential not yet assessed by DTI


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