RISC authored technical paper ‘East Irish Sea, Rhyl field’ receives more praise from respected industry Professors

RISC’s Gavin Ward and Dean Baker’s technical paper “Rhyl Field: developing a new structural model by integrating basic geological principles with advanced seismic imaging in the Irish Sea”, which was published in the Petroleum Geology Conference Series last year, has received another commendation from two members of the Research Gate who are writing the introduction to a book entitled ‘The Petroleum Geology of NW Europe: 50 years of learning – a platform for present value and future success’ to be published in hard back in 2018:

Bruce Levell (Visiting Professor at Dept. Earth Sciences Oxford University)

Mike Bowman (Professor & Chair of Petroleum Engineering – ‎University of Texas A&M at Qatar and Honorary Professor of Petroleum Geoscience at University of Manchester)

It demonstrates, yet again, that once a prolific kitchen has been identified there are many subtle traps that need to be explored for using detailed and careful seismic mapping combined with a good stratigraphic understanding. The Rhyl gas field in the Irish Sea (Ward & Baker 2016) was hidden from the industry until 2009 by virtue of overburden velocity anomalies due to glacial sediment, dykes and structural complexities. The authors describe how integrated subsurface analysis, notably the combination of careful geophysical analyses and structural understanding, led to the field’s discovery 33 years after its near neighbour, the Morecombe Field.


Please click here to view the abstract of the paper. For a complete picture, contact the authors on +44 (0)203 356 2960 or gavin.ward@riscadvisory.com


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