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Mesozoic Resource Potential in the Southern Permian Basin

Product Code: SP469
Series: GSL Special Publications - print copy
Author/Editor: Edited by: B. Kilhams, P. A. Kukla, S. Mazur, T. McKie, H. F. Mijnlieff and K. van Ojik
Publication Date: 28 August 2018
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Special Publication 469

The Southern Permian Basin, as its name suggests, is a historical heartland for hydrocarbon production from the Palaeozoic Rotliegend interval. However, in this mature basin the Mesozoic presents further possibilities to offer resource security to NW Europe. Such opportunities include increasing efficiency in the production of discovered hydrocarbons, exploration for further hydrocarbons (both conventional and unconventional) and efficient exploration for, and production of, geothermal energy. All these potential resources require a grounding in technically sound geoscience, via traditional scientific observation and the application of new technologies, to unlock their value.

The main aim of this volume is to bring together the work of academics and industry workers to consider cross-border geoscience including contributions on Poland, Germany, The Netherlands, the United Kingdom and adjacent areas. The work presented intends to contribute to the development and discovery of further Mesozoic energy resources across the basin.

Published online 19/07/2018. Print copies available from 28/08/2018.

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Type: Book
Ten Digit ISBN:
Thirteen Digit ISBN: 9781786203847
Publisher: GSL
Binding: Hardback
Pages: 572
Weight: 1.35 kg




Kilhams, B., Kukla, P.A., Mazur, S., McKie, T., Mijnlieff, H.F. & van Ojik, K. Mesozoic resource potential in the Southern Permian Basin area: the geological key to exploiting remaining hydrocarbons whilst unlocking geothermal potential

Tectonic framework

Kley, J. Timing and spatial patterns of Cretaceous and Cenozoic inversion in the Southern Permian Basin

Krzywiec, P., Stachowska, A. & Stypa, A. The only way is up – on Mesozoic uplifts and basin inversion events in SE Poland

Seidel, E., Meschede, M. & Obst, K. The Wiek Fault System east of Rügen Island: origin, tectonic phases and its relationship to the Trans-European Suture Zone

Deutschmann, A., Meschede, M. & Obst, K. Fault system evolution in the Baltic Sea area west of Rügen, NE Germany

van Winden, M., de Jager, J., Jaarsma, B. & Bouroullec, R. New insights into salt tectonics in the northern Dutch offshore: a framework for hydrocarbon exploration

Hernandez, K., Mitchell, N.C. & Huuse, M. Deriving relationships between diapir spacing and salt-layer thickness in the Southern North Sea

Triassic resources

Geluk, M., McKie, T. & Kilhams, B. An introduction to the Triassic: current insights into the regional setting and energy resource potential of NW Europe

Kortekaas, M., Böker, U., van der Kooij, C. & Jaarsma, B. Lower Triassic reservoir development in the northern Dutch offshore

Kilhams, B., Stevanovic, S. & Nicolai, C. The ‘Buntsandstein’ gas play of the Horn Graben (German and Danish offshore): dry well analysis and remaining hydrocarbon potential

Franz, M., Barth, G., Zimmermann, J., Budach, I., Nowak, K. & Wolfgramm, M. Geothermal resources of the North German Basin: exploration strategy, development examples and remaining opportunities in

Mesozoic hydrothermal reservoirs

Peeters, S., Asschert, A. & Verweij, H. Towards a better understanding of the highly overpressured Lower Triassic Bunter reservoir rocks in the Terschelling Basin

Goswami, R., Seeberger, F.C. & Bosman, G. Enhanced gas recovery of an ageing field utilizing N2 displacement: De Wijk Field, The Netherlands

van Kempen, B.M.M., Mijnlieff, H.F. & van der Molen, J. Data mining in the Dutch Oil and Gas Portal: a case study on the reservoir properties of the Volpriehausen Sandstone interval

Jurassic resources

Bouroullec, R., Verreussel, R.M.C.H., Geel, C.R., de Bruin, G., Zijp, M.H.A.A., Kőrösi, D., Munsterman, D.K., Janssen, N.M.M. & Kerstholt-Boegehold, S.J. Tectonostratigraphy of a rift basin affected by salt tectonics: synrift Middle Jurassic–Lower Cretaceous Dutch Central Graben, Terschelling Basin and neighbouring platforms, Dutch offshore

Verreussel, R.M.C.H., Bouroullec, R., Munsterman, D.K., Dybkær, K., Geel, C.R., Houben, A.J.P., Johannessen, P.N. & Kerstholt-Boegehold, S.J. Stepwise basin evolution of the Middle Jurassic–Early Cretaceous rift phase in the Central Graben area of Denmark, Germany and The Netherlands

Barth, G., Pieńkowski, G., Zimmermann, J., Franz, M. & Kuhlmann, G. Palaeogeographical evolution of the Lower Jurassic: high-resolution biostratigraphy and sequence stratigraphy in the Central European Basin

Sachse, V.F. & Littke, R. The impact of Quaternary glaciation on temperature and pore pressure in Jurassic troughs in the Southern Permian Basin, northern Germany

Stock, A.T. & Littke, R. The Posidonia Shale of northern Germany: unconventional oil and gas potential from high-resolution 3D numerical basin modelling of the cross-junction between the eastern Lower Saxony Basin, Pompeckj Block and Gifhorn Trough

Cretaceous resources

Vondrak, A.G., Donselaar, M.E. & Munsterman, D.K. Reservoir architecture model of the Nieuwerkerk Formation (Early Cretaceous, West Netherlands Basin): diachronous development of sand-prone fluvial deposits

Vis, G.-J., Smoor, W.D., Rutten, K.W., de Jager, J. & Mijnlieff, H.F. Tectonic control on the Early Cretaceous Bentheim Sandstone sediments in the Schoonebeek oil field, The Netherlands

Porter, R.J., Muñoz Rojas, A. & Schlüter, M. The impact of heterogeneity on waterflood developments in clastic inner shelf reservoirs: an example from the Holland Greensand Member, Rotterdam Field, The Netherlands

Zwaan, F. Lower Cretaceous reservoir development in the North Sea Central Graben, and potential analogue settings in the Southern Permian Basin and South Viking Graben

Wolf, M., Vis, A. & Asschert, A. Erosional valleys at a major Late Jurassic–Early Cretaceous unconformity offshore Germany and The Netherlands: potential reservoirs or deteriorated seals?

Strozyk, F., Reuning, L., Back, S. & Kukla, P. Giant pockmark formation from Cretaceous hydrocarbon expulsion in the western Lower Saxony Basin, The Netherlands

van Lochem, H. F17-Chalk: new insights in the tectonic history of the Dutch Central Graben



David Latin

This volume comprises a set of papers concerning the Mesozoic resource potential of the Southern Permian Basin, which is much better known for its Palaeozoic gas reservoirs. After an interesting scene-setting introduction that compares and contrasts hydrocarbon and hydrothermal resource development and points to the latent potential in the Mesozoic, papers are organised into sections starting with the tectonic framework and then stratigraphically. Most papers are concerned with conventional hydrocarbons, although one focuses on the German Posidonia shale as a source of unconventional oil and gas, and another on hydrothermal energy.

Overall the quality and presentation of the work in this publication is to a very high standard. In my view it is a valuable addition and makes for an interesting read.

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