JARR (Jurassic Analogues: Resources to Reserves)
A new academic-industry research partnership examining the Jurassic shales of the UK.
The project aims to connect a multi-disciplinary team of NERC- and industry-funded researchers at Durham and Newcastle universities with industrial geoscientists. JARR will conduct a scoping study of existing datasets from black shales of the Lower and Upper Jurassic of the UK and Northwest Europe, to evaluate their potential for further in-depth research into shale sweet spot characterisation and resource to reserve estimation.
Click Here for an article addressing the recent BGS/DECC report on the shale prospectivity of the Weald Basin, summarizing some of the work JARR is doing.
JARR on Five Live
(6 May 2015)
JARR researcher Dr Liam Herringshaw talked to BBC Radio Five Live on Thursday April 9th (http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b05pl7lw) about the story that ‘100 billion barrels of oil’ had been found in Jurassic rocks beneath Sussex: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-32229203.
Liam explained that the company were targeting a shale-dominated succession in the Upper Jurassic, and in particular the Kimmeridge Clay Formation. He noted that ‘the Kimmeridge Clay Formation does have a lot of natural variability in it’ and that he would be ‘cautious’ about predicting such large oil resources on the basis of a single test well in a licence block 55 square miles in size.