UK oil and gas fields: an overview

G. Goffey* (Corresponding Author), J. Gluyas, N. Schofield

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This volume is the fourth in a widely spaced series of milestone Geological Society Memoirs on UK oil and gas fields. These Memoirs record the extraordinary journey of science, engineering, technological development, inspiration, dedication, occasional serendipity and sheer bloody-minded persistence which has led to the development of some 458 named oil and gas fields (OGA 2019) on the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS). As a side note, the origins of the names of many of these fields have been analysed by Young (2009). As an illustration of the scale of that more than 50-year offshore history, Figure 1 records by decade the 2767 exploration and 1879 appraisal wells drilled from the first well spud in late 1964 to the end of 2019
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationUnited Kingdom Oil and Gas Fields
Subtitle of host publication50th Anniversary Commemorative Volume
EditorsG. Goffey, J.G. Gluyas
PublisherGeological Society of London
Number of pages16
ISBN (Print)9781786204752
Publication statusPublished - 30 Oct 2020

Publication series

NameGeological Society Memoir
PublisherGeological Society of London
ISSN (Print)0435-4052

Bibliographical note

A Memoir of this scale is the result of the contributions of a remarkably large number of people. The editors are immensely grateful to all of the authors and their companies for support in writing papers. Jonathan Craig in particular was also most helpful at the outset. At the Geological Society's Publishing House, Angharad Hills (now retired), Bethan Phillips and Maggie Simmons have been hugely helpful whilst Jo Armstrong and her team have done sterling work in delivering a fantastic publication. Jen Brzozowska very kindly compiled from various sources the Memoir's Dedication to John Brooks. Lastly, but by no means least, a large cadre of people have reviewed the papers in this volume and the editors are most grateful to all of the reviewers (listed below) for their time and hard work:
Mark Abbot, Juan Alcalde, Stuart Archer, John Argent, Mark Attree, Judith Ayers Morgan, Adam Baldwin, Maurice Bamford, Greg Baniak, Bernard Besly, Richard Blight, Mike Bowman, Hervey Breese, Steve Brown, John Colleran, Susan Daniels, Mike Darke, Hugh Dennis, Paul Doubleday, Joe Cartwright, Steve Corbin, Andrew Crouch, Eddie Dempsey, Martin Durham, Dave Ellis, Nigel Evans, Jo Garland, Steve Garrett, Rod Gilham, Caroline Gill, Fiona Goodfellow, Neil Grant, Alyson Harding, Jim Henderson, Paul Herrington, Richard Hodgkinson, Neil Hodgson, Paul Howlett, Andy Hurst, Mads Huuse, Martin Insley, Alan Irving, Noah Jaffey, Stephanie Kape, Simon Kettle, Wayne Kirk, Henk Kombrink, Adam Law, David Lawton, Dave Lewis, Andy Los, Jeremy Lynch, Gwilym Lynn, James Maynard, Tom McKie, Trevor McMurray, Neil Meadows, Marilyn Merryweather, Keith Milne, Peter Mohr, Darren Moody, Colin More, Andy Mortimer, Jim Munns, Helen Naylor, Hugh Nicholson, David Offer, Tobore Orife, Neil Parkinson, Jon Parry, Colin Percival, Steve Pinnock, Graham Pritchard, Kevin Purvis, Jo Reader, Jon Redfern, Phil Rose, Pamela Sansom, Mike Scotting, Simone Silcock, Andy Sims, Nick Stronach, Gordon Taylor, Helen Turnell, Bernie Vining, Duncan Wade, Gavin Ward, Kelsey Ward, Debbie Ware, John Wild, Lucy Williams, Edwige Zanella.

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