Unearthing oil and gas potential within volcanic landscapes


Description of impact

"Studies led by University of Aberdeen geologist, Dr Nick Schofield have been at the forefront of allowing the industry to understand the challenging geology that lies beneath the seabed around the UKCS, particularly in relation to buried ancient volcanic landscapes.

The team has evaluated the exploration potential of two areas: Rockall and the Rattray Volcanic Province. Situated near the Western Isles, the Rockall Basin is one of the most challenging environments on earth for hydrocarbon exploration."

Project summary and aims

Even as the world transitions towards more sustainable energy sources, the global need for oil and gas is set to stay the same until at least 2040.

With the North Sea in overall production decline, the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS) is coming under greater scrutiny to find fields and petroleum resources that could ensure future energy security for the UK.

Outcomes to Date / Future Developments

Impact statusImpact Completed (Open)
Impact date20172019


  • Energy transition