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Enhancing the prospectivity of the Wyville Thomson Ridge

Smith, Kevin; Whitley, Patrick; Kimbell, Geoffrey S.; Kubala, Martin; Johnson, Howard. 2009 Enhancing the prospectivity of the Wyville Thomson Ridge. In: 2nd Faroe Islands Exploration Conference : Annales Societas Scientiarum Faeroensis. The Faroese Academy of Sciences, 286-302.

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Abstract/Summary

Føroya Kolvetni (Faroe Petroleum) was awarded Licence 012, covering part of the Wyville Thomson Ridge, in the second Faroese Licensing Round and this paper summarises some initial results from their work programme. Interest in the prospectivity of the Wyville Thomson Ridge was stimulated in the 1990s by a proposal that it forms a compressional anticline with a thin carapace of Paleogene lavas, overlying an inverted sedimentary basin. Gravity interpretation confirms that the ridge can be modelled as an inverted basin, although uncertainties inherent in the method limit the accuracy of the thickness estimates. Seismic reflection data shot in 2005 provide improved resolution of the pre-lava succession, with some reflector packages resembling seismic facies from the prospective Paleocene succession in the Faroe-Shetland Basin. The Rannvá exploration lead consists of an extremely large four-way dip closure beneath thin lavas at the crest of the Wyville Thomson Ridge. Source rock presence and maturity, hydrocarbon migration, and reservoir development in the Licence 012 area are discussed on the basis of regional observations.

Item Type: Publication - Conference Item (Paper)
Programmes: BGS Programmes 2009 > Marine Geoscience
ISSN: 0365-6772
NORA Subject Terms: Earth Sciences
Marine Sciences
Date made live: 11 Dec 2012 15:23 +0 (UTC)
URI: http://nora.nerc.ac.uk/id/eprint/20759

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