The Rosebank Field, NE Atlantic: Volcanic characterisation of an inter-lava hydrocarbon discovery

John M. Millett*, Dougal A. Jerram, Ben Manton, Sverre Planke, Peter Ablard, Dirk Wallis, Malcolm J. Hole, Harry Brandsen, David W. Jolley, Cliona Dennehy

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The Rosebank Field is located in the Faroe-Shetland Basin and hosts hydrocarbons within siliciclastic sediments interlayered with volcanic packages of the Late Paleocene to Early Eocene aged Flett Formation. Within this study the volcanic sequences are investigated based on an integrated appraisal of available drill cuttings, sidewall cores, core and wireline logs including image log and geochemical logs from eight wells supported by 3D seismic data. The Rosebank lower (RLV), middle (RMV) and upper (RUV) volcanic sequences are inter-layered with Colsay Member (C1–C4) fluvial to shallow marine siliciclastic intervals. A comprehensive cross-field borehole based lithofacies interpretation is presented characterising simple, compound and ponded effusive lava flow facies along with pillow lavas, invasive lava flows, volcaniclastic sediments and complex lava–sediment interactions. Geochemical analyses of core, sidewall core, and hand-picked cuttings spanning the field reveal separate high-titanium (RHT) and relatively lower-titanium (RLT) basaltic magma suites. These compositions can be identified and correlated across much of the field utilising geochemical logging data which, in combination with the geochemical analyses, reveals a two-part stratigraphic sub-division of each of the RLV, RMV and RUV. Geochemical logging data is also used to define a volcanic proxy (Fe/10+Ti) which utilises the elevated iron (Fe) and titanium (Ti) within all effusive and volcaniclastic basaltic lithologies to differentiate siliciclastic from volcaniclastic sediments where other logging parameters overlap. By comparing the borehole analyses with seismic data, a localised eruptive vent is interpreted within the north of the field. Finally, a cross-field volcanic model is presented and compared with relevant global field analogues, providing a constrained spatial framework for sub-surface modelling of inter-volcanic sequences.

Original languageEnglish
JournalBasin Research
Early online date20 Aug 2021
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 20 Aug 2021


  • core analyses
  • geochemical correlation
  • Rosebank Field
  • volcanic lithofacies


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