UK oil and gas fields: an overview

G. Goffey* (Corresponding Author), J. Gluyas, N. Schofield

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This volume is the fourth in a widely spaced series of milestone Geological Society Memoirs on UK oil and gas fields. These Memoirs record the extraordinary journey of science, engineering, technological development, inspiration, dedication, occasional serendipity and sheer bloody-minded persistence which has led to the development of some 458 named oil and gas fields (OGA 2019) on the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS). As a side note, the origins of the names of many of these fields have been analysed by Young (2009). As an illustration of the scale of that more than 50-year offshore history, Figure 1 records by decade the 2767 exploration and 1879 appraisal wells drilled from the first well spud in late 1964 to the end of 2019
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationUnited Kingdom Oil and Gas Fields
Subtitle of host publication50th Anniversary Commemorative Volume
EditorsG. Goffey, J.G. Gluyas
PublisherGeological Society of London
Number of pages16
ISBN (Print)9781786204752
Publication statusPublished - 30 Oct 2020

Publication series

NameGeological Society Memoir
PublisherGeological Society of London
ISSN (Print)0435-4052


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