New insights on subsurface energy resources in the Southern North Sea Basin area

Doornenbal, J.C.; Kombrink, H.; Bouroullec, R.; Dalman, R.A.F.; De Bruin, G.; Geel, C.R.; Houben, A.J.P.; Jaarsma, B.; Juez-Larré, J.; Kortekaas, M.; Mijnlieff, H.F.; Nelskamp, S.; Pharaoh, T.C.; Ten Veen, J.H.; Ter Borgh, M.; Van Ojik, K.; Verreussel, R.M.C.H.; Verweij, J.M.; Vis, G.-J.. 2022 New insights on subsurface energy resources in the Southern North Sea Basin area. In: Patruno, S.; Archer, S.G.; Chiarella, D., (eds.) Cross-border themes in petroleum geology. 1, the North Sea. London, UK, Geological Society of London, 233-268. (Geological Society Special Publication, 494, 494).

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The Southern North Sea Basin area, stretching from the UK to the Netherlands, has a rich hydrocarbon exploration and production history. The past, present and expected future hydrocarbon and geothermal exploration trends in this area are discussed for eight key lithostratigraphic intervals, ranging from the Lower Carboniferous to Cenozoic. In the period between 2007 and 2017, a total of 95 new hydrocarbon fields were discovered, particularly in Upper Carboniferous, Rotliegend and Triassic reservoirs. Nineteen geothermal systems were discovered in the Netherlands onshore, mainly targeting aquifers in the Rotliegend and Upper Jurassic/Lower Cretaceous formations. Although the Southern North Sea Basin area is mature in terms of hydrocarbon exploration, it is shown that with existing and new geological insights, additional energy resources are still being proven in new plays such as the basal Upper Rotliegend (Ruby discovery) for natural gas and a new Chalk play for oil. It is predicted that hydrocarbon exploration in the Southern North Sea Basin area will probably experience a slight growth in the coming decade before slowing down, as the energy transition further matures. Geothermal exploration is expected to continue growing in the Netherlands onshore as well as gain more momentum in the UK.

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Date made live: 05 Aug 2022 13:52 +0 (UTC)

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