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Hydrocarbon Exploration to Exploitation West of Shetlands

Product Code: SP397
Series: GSL Special Publications - print copy
Author/Editor: Edited by S.J.C. Cannon and D. Ellis
Publication Date: 05 June 2014
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Special Publication 397.

This volume addresses the challenges facing explorers and developers alike in a region that is becoming a major focus of the petroleum industry in the United Kingdom, Faroes and North Norway.

Several West of Shetland fields are still in the appraisal phase almost a decade after discovery. Sub-volcanic exploration risks remain high: sub-volcanic structural traps are imaged poorly, and so the geophysical community is responding with the application of latest technology. The more simple reservoirs might not be large enough to prompt informed and speedy development decisions; larger fields might have a combination of complexities, requiring a phased approach to the development. Infrastructure has been slow to arrive and planned developments have been subject to dramatic swings in fiscal regime ranging from special allowances to unexpected tax increases.

Environmental challenges are significant when moving into more remote, deeper water. The perception of these challenges by the third parties has become much more acute. To sustain its right to operate, the industry has to demonstrate safe drilling operations and appropriate response capability with government agencies.

Published online 30/05/2014. Print copy available from 05/06/2014. 


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Type: Book
Ten Digit ISBN:
Thirteen Digit ISBN: 978-1-86239-652-4
Publisher: GSL
Binding: Hardback
Pages: 229
Weight: 0.8 kg



Austin, J. A., Cannon, S. J. C. & Ellis, D. Hydrocarbon exploration and exploitation West of Shetlands

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Murray Hoggett

Geoscientist vol 25 no. 5 June 2015

…It comprises 12 papers (plus an introduction), of which 10 are written by scientists working in the petroleum industry, giving it a different tone to many other special publications authored by academics.
…In general these are snappily written, well-argued papers with some very interesting ideas.
I found the volume both interesting and valuable ……
…despite its small size, the volume is of high quality and contains excellent discussions of both successes and failure in exploration West of Shetland. Images are also of high quality and, particularly in the case of the seismic lines over individual discoveries, hard to find elsewhere.
…Overall, I would happily recommend this volume as an excellent addition to the Special Publications series.

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