Impact of in situ stress and fault reactivation on seal integrity in the East Irish Sea Basin, UK

Williams, J.D.O.; Gent, C.M.A.; Fellgett, M.W.; Gamboa, D.. 2018 Impact of in situ stress and fault reactivation on seal integrity in the East Irish Sea Basin, UK. Marine and Petroleum Geology, 92. 685-696.

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Despite having been affected by several stages of exhumation during the Cretaceous and Cenozoic, the contemporary stress state of the East Irish Sea Basin (EISB) is poorly characterised. As the basin is mature in terms of exploitation of hydrocarbons, future exploration beyond the conventional Sherwood Sandstone Group reservoir (Triassic) necessitates a greater understanding of the in situ stress field, while proposed natural gas storage and carbon sequestration schemes also require detailed stress field information. Using petroleum well data, the in situ stress field of the EISB has been characterised to assess the mechanical seal integrity. A strike-slip stress regime most-likely prevails in the basin, meaning the Maximum Horizontal Stress (SHmax) is the greatest of the principal stresses. Interpretation of stress orientation data suggests that SHmax is oriented 152° ± 12°, consistent with mean stress orientations across the wider region associated with plate boundary forces. Some degree of structural control appears to influence the orientation of SHmax, with orientations locally aligned sub-parallel to major Permo-Triassic basin-bounding faults.

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Date made live: 09 May 2018 15:19 +0 (UTC)

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