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Reference Number GR3/R9841
Title Exceptional porosity in oil-bearing sandstones
Status Completed
Energy Categories FOSSIL FUELS: OIL, GAS and COAL(Oil and Gas, Enhanced oil and gas production) 100%;
Research Types Basic and strategic applied research 100%
Science and Technology Fields ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES (Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences) 100%
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Not Cross-cutting 100%
Principal Investigator Prof A (Anthony ) Fallick
No email address given
SUERC (Scottish Universities Environmental Research Centre)
Award Type R&D
Funding Source NERC
Start Date 01 February 2000
End Date 31 January 2002
Duration 24 months
Total Grant Value £124,229
Industrial Sectors Transport Systems and Vehicles
Region Scotland
Programme ROPA
Investigators Principal Investigator Prof A (Anthony ) Fallick , SUERC (Scottish Universities Environmental Research Centre) (99.999%)
  Other Investigator Professor RS (Stuart ) Haszeldine , School of Geosciences, University of Edinburgh (0.001%)
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Abstract Development of new small oilfields adjacent to established North Sea production is assisted by accurate prediction of sandstone reservoir porosity. Exceptionally high porosities interbedded with normal porosities, are common in many North Sea sandstones. The fundamental origin and lateral connection of such porosity is not understood. We hypothesise that: either porosity is preserved by early migration of oil into the field, or secondary porosity has formed by deep dissolution. New geochemical data and micro-scale isotope analyses linked to 3-D stratigraphy, will enable a better understanding and quantification of processes, applicable to exploration and production in the UK or world-wide.
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