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Durham University

Department of Earth Sciences


Publication details for Professor Robert Holdsworth

Trice, Robert, Hiorth, Cecile & Holdsworth, Robert (2019). Fractured basement play development on the UK and Norwegian rifted margins. Geological Society, London, Special Publications 495: SP495-2018-174.

Author(s) from Durham


Fractured crystalline basement reservoirs (basement) on the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS) and the Norwegian Continental Shelf (NCS) have been underexplored. Over the last 12 years, Hurricane Energy has deliberately set out to explore basement potential by exploring and appraising the Rona Ridge, West of Shetland; and the Rona Ridge Lancaster Field is now being progressed towards being the first UK basement field development. The Norwegian basement play is also recognized as a potentially material resource through serendipitous oil discoveries, with the 16/1-15 well, drilled in 2011, being the first successful full-scale basement test on the NCS. Building on this success, the 2018 Rolvsnes appraisal well (16/1-28 S) has demonstrated the significant basement potential of the extensive Utsira High and confirmed the materiality of a Norwegian basement play. The Rona Ridge and Utsira basement discoveries are used as a comparison with two other, yet to be evaluated, prospective basement plays on the NCS, with the objective of establishing technical subject areas where future UKCS and NCS collaboration would aid in accelerating understanding of the UKCS–NCS basement play.