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Stratigraphic and Reservoir Challenges with Triassic Plays in the North Sea

Tuesday, 26 January Wednesday, 27 January 2021, 8:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.  |  Virtual Workshop via Zoom (London, England time)

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Despite the significant number of publications and unpublished reports on the North Sea, the Triassic plays in the North Sea Central Graben is an area of increasing interest to both industry and academic institutions. However, to date it has received relatively less attention. The Triassic Period is one of a few under-explored plays that has the potential to supply extensive resources with large commercial potential and research opportunities. In particular, the Triassic Skagerrak Formation dominantly comprised of fluvial deposits and lacustrine sediments, containing packages of mudstones and sandstones with varying presence of evaporites. Several high-pressure high-temperature (HPHT) sections are present in the Central Graben and are typically related to high quality sandstone reservoirs that have become of high commercial interest.

Despite the good reservoir quality and exploration of the sandstone packages within the Skagerrak Formation, the precise stratigraphic relationship of the region is complicated by the dynamic palaeoenvironments and palaeogeography of the Central Graben. This region is structurally complex and understanding the connectivity of the sub-basins (pods) has been a specific point of interest for both sectors (industry and academia). Traditional techniques such as biostratigraphy (i.e., palynology) is difficult in the Triassic sediments due to impoverished recoveries or barrenness of microfossils. However, through a combination of two or more stratigraphic approaches such as, chemostratigraphy, sedimentary provenance, core log analysis and cyclostratigraphy have provided a much better understanding. Often these techniques are used independently and/or focus on a specific small area of the Central Graben, leaving the results floating in terms of understanding the wider stratigraphy framework of the central North Sea.


This two-day virtual conference aims to bring together industrial and academic persons to educate and develop approaches that will benefit both sectors in the future. The virtual conference will focus on the current techniques, the challenges and future solutions in understanding the Triassic stratigraphy of the Central Graben of the North Sea. The main topics of the virtual conference will include:

  • Integrated stratigraphic approaches & improved correlation
  • UK-Norway inter-reservoir stratigraphic challenges
  • Palaeogeography of the Triassic Central Graben
  • Sedimentary sources, provenance as a factor controlling stratigraphy
  • Structural geology of the Central Graben
  • Facies analysis and interpretation – analogues with modern environmental settings
  • Fluvial diagenesis and reservoir quality
  • Drilling challenges in HPHT stratigraphic intervals
  • Big data science, super computers and AI in improving stratigraphy
  • Virtual core workshops
  • Abstracts should cover the objectives, procedures, results and conclusions of the research and should be no more than 2,500 characters in length including spaces and punctuation. The title, authors, and authors’ affiliations are not included in the character limit. Abstracts are text-only and may not include figures.
  • Titles are required—they should be brief and state the topic.
  • Abstract titles should not include company names.
  • If your abstract requires company approval, please start the process immediately.
  • In keeping with the spirit of the workshop, presenters must refrain from making subtle or blatant sales pitches including but not limited to: repeated use of product names, trade names, or pictures, or repeated use of company logo.
  • Evaluation and ranking of abstracts are based on relevance and timeliness of subject matter; usefulness of contribution to the advancement of knowledge, techniques, or practice; and overall clarity, organization, and presentation of ideas. The Technical Program Committee is seeking abstracts with direct application to industry.
  • Sessions will be determined from the abstracts submitted to each theme. Sub-themes may not directly correspond to sessions in the final program.
  • Submit your abstract in the form in which you would like it published. Abstracts will not be edited.
  • Authors are invited to have their work, both oral and poster presentations, published on AAPG’s online Search and Discovery to preserve their work for future reference. We will need your permission to do it so.
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Ehsan Daneshvar Ehsan Daneshvar Chair Director/Senior Reservoir Geoscientist, Future Geoscience Limited, UK
H. Chris Greenwell H. Chris Greenwell Committee Member Durham University, UK
Darren  R Grocke Darren Grocke Committee Member Durham University, England (U.K.)
Adrian John Hartley, PhD Adrian Hartley Committee Member University of Aberdeen, Scotland (U.K.)
Stuart Jones Stuart Jones Committee Member Durham University, UK
Richard  Worden Richard Worden Committee Member The University of Liverpool, England (U.K.)
Marta Diaz Events and Office Administrator
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