Polyphase tectonic inversion and its role in controlling hydrocarbon prospectivity in the Greater East Shetland Platform and Mid North Sea High, UK.

Patruno, Stefano, Reid, William, Berndt, Christian and Feuilleaubois, Laurent (2018) Polyphase tectonic inversion and its role in controlling hydrocarbon prospectivity in the Greater East Shetland Platform and Mid North Sea High, UK. In: Paleozoic Plays of NW Europe. . Geological Society, London, Special Publications, 471 . Geological Society, London, Chapter 9. DOI 10.1144/SP471.9.

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Abstract

Thick Paleozoic successions are buried under the Greater East Shetland Platform (ESP) and Mid North Sea High (MNSH), two large underexplored platform regions flanking the structural depocentres of the North Sea. Here, newly acquired broadband seismic data are interpreted to provide a novel assessment of the regional tectonostratigraphic evolution and its influence on hydrocarbon prospectivity. Numerous working reservoirunitsarepresentoverthesetwofrontierareas,togetherwithlargePaleozoictraps.Hydrocarboncharge occurseitherviaalikelymaximum30–40 kmlateralmigrationfromtheJurassic/Carboniferousbasinalsource kitchens or, possibly, via vertical/lateral migration from deeper Devono-Carboniferous source intervals. The two regions underwent a largely similar evolution, consisting of at least eight successive switch-overs between regional compression/uplift and extension/subsidence in the last 420 myr. However, on the Greater MNSH, the lack of significant Permo-Triassic rifting probably resulted in too little subsidence for the lower Carboniferous interval to reach sufficient burial depth for gas maturation. Seep and fluid escape data suggest a working ‘deep’ source in the Greater ESP. Here, the presence of localized Permo-Triassic intra-platform grabens and half-grabens provided sufficient subsidence for the oil-prone middle Devonian unit to eventually enter the oil maturation window and faults provide easy conduits for the upwards migration of oil.

Document Type: Book chapter
Keywords: Hydrocarbon, Greater East Shetland Platform, Mid North Sea High Platform, UK
Research affiliation: OceanRep > GEOMAR > FB4 Dynamics of the Ocean Floor > FB4-GDY Marine Geodynamics
DOI etc.: 10.1144/SP471.9
ISSN: 0305-8719
Date Deposited: 09 May 2018 06:55
Last Modified: 09 May 2018 06:55
URI: http://oceanrep.geomar.de/id/eprint/42986

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