High resolution zonation within a tide-dominated deltaic reservoir: The Middle Jurassic Beryl Formation, Beryl Field, UKCS

G. Maxwell*, A. Hartley, J. Crane

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The Middle Jurassic (Bajocian-Bathonian) Beryl Formation of the Beryl (Bravo) Field (Viking Graben), has been produced since 1979 and contains estimated remaining reserves of 180 × 106BBL oil. Previous studies of this deltaic/shallow marine succession have defined five reservoir units. Production characteristics indicate that this lithostratigraphically- based zonation scheme does not adequately define reservoir flow units and constrain sweep efficiency. Here, a more refined reservoir zonation is used to form the basis for an upgraded reservoir simulation model. High density well coverage (50 wells) in the Beryl Bravo area allows the construction of a high resolution reservoir zonation scheme within the main producing interval of the Beryl Formation: Unit 3. The scheme is based on integration of sedimentology, ichnology, biostratigraphy, dynamic data and well log character. Nine reservoir zones (consisting of nine genetic sequences) have been defined and confirmed and are supported by drilling and production data. The complex reservoir zonation scheme is based upon the recognition of regionally extensive marine/ brackish mudstones which, in many cases, form traceable pressure barriers across tilted fault blocks. This framework has allowed subdivision into 3 to 25 m thick correctable units. Individual units record the progradation and transgression of tide-dominated deltaic deposits. Variations in the thickness and development of these units result from sedimentation in actively subsiding half-graben that were subject to regionally extensive base-level changes. The integrated approach taken here has substantially improved the understanding of the architecture and production characteristics of the Beryl Formation.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Middle Jurassic Beryl Formation, Beryl Field, UKCS
Number of pages12
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1999

Publication series

NamePetroleum Geology Conference Proceedings
PublisherGeological Society of London
ISSN (Print)2047-9921


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