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The Triassic of North West Europe – Its importance for the Energy Transition

Second Edition - N. Sea, WoS, Atlantic Margin, Norwegian Sea

Occurred Tuesday, 8 March Wednesday, 9 March 2022, 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.  |  Virtual Workshop via Zoom (London, England time)

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Following a very successful 1st conference on stratigraphic challenges with Triassic plays in the North Sea (January 2021), the 2nd conference will cover stratigraphic and reservoir challenges with Triassic plays not only in the North Sea but also in Norwegian Sea, West of Shetland, Atlantic margins, and northern Europe.

Middle to Lower Triassic sand reservoirs in the region have recently become a primary interest for new discoveries especially for gas exploration. Stacked reservoirs, variable reservoir quality laterally and vertically, challenges in stratigraphy framework and sequence stratigraphic studies and complex tectonic histories have stimulated joint research interests from academia and industry.

There is a significant number of publications and unpublished reports on the stratigraphy and reservoir characterisation of Lower Jurassic to Cretaceous intervals, but the Triassic interval is still one of the least investigated, especially in the NS, Norwegian Sea and surrounding regions that have the potential to provide extensive resources – with large commercial potential – and research-driven opportunities in energy transition.

One of the main aims of this 2nd conference will be to discuss, share and understand weathering, mineralogy, lithology, provenance (origin and deposition) in sand reservoirs in the region. 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 region and are typically related to high quality sandstone reservoirs that have peaked commercial interest.

Other Triassic formations across the regions, such as the Sherwood, Joanne and Josephine sandstones exhibit a high degree of diagenetic features, thus producing good quality reservoirs. However, challenges exist enabling researchers to define and understand precise stratigraphic relationship between basins and regions due to the dynamic nature of these formation types (e.g., palaeoenvironment, palaeogeography). In energy transition, reviewing the vintage data (i.e., stratigraphy) and available analytical results in addition to repurposing and decommissioning of facilities to undertake geothermal explorations and activities are receiving significant attention.

The regions are 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 Triassic sediments due to impoverished recoveries and/or barrenness of microfossils. However, through a combination of two or more stratigraphic approaches such as, chemostratigraphy, sedimentary provenance and cyclostratigraphy, have provided a better understanding, but there is still much more to learn. For example, these techniques are used independently and/or focus on a specific small area, leaving the results floating in terms of understanding the wider stratigraphic framework of the European Triassic.

8 March 2022
9.30 - 9.40 Welcome from Chairman & Committee Stuart Jones & Ehsan Daneshvar
Session 1: Assessing Controls on Triassic Sedimentary Successions
Chairs: Stuart Jones & Ehsan Daneshvar
9.40 - 10.10 Keynote Address: Present Day and Rock Record Analogues for the Triassic of the CNS: Can We Develop Useful Predictive Models?
Adrian Hartley
10.10 - 10.30 Triassic Stratigraphic Challenges in the Norwegian Central North Sea
Solveig Helleren
10.30 - 10.50 Multidisciplinary Approach to Determine the Triassic Stratigraphy and Reservoir Quality in the Ula Field Area, Central North Sea, Norway
Lorenzo Di Lauro
10.50 - 11.10 New Insights From Integrated Play Mapping of the Triassic in the Netherlands
Rory Dalman
11.10 - 11.30 Live Panel Discussion With 3 Speakers / Q&A from Audience
11.30 - 11.40 Break
Session 2: Innovative Approaches in Stratigraphy
Chair: Adrian Hartley
11.40 - 12.00 Keynote Address: Integrated Stratigraphic Interpretation Real-Time From the J-Ridge (Cretaceous, Jurassic and Triassic)
Tim Pearce & Roger Burgess
12.00 - 12.20 Inorganic Geochemical Composition of the Early Triassic Onshore Denmark and Germany – Implications for the North Sea?
Carita Augustsson
12.20 - 12.40 Using Carbon Isotope Stratigraphy to Correlate Terrestrial Sequences
Darren Gröcke
12.40 - 13.00 Live Panel Discussion With 3 Speakers / Q&A from Audience
13.00 - 14.00 Break
Session 3: UK-Norway Inter-Reservoir Stratigraphic Challenges
Chair: Ehsan Daneshvar
14.00 - 14.20 Keynote Address: Integration of Static and Dynamic Data for an Improved Subsurface and Connectivity Understanding
Lodve H. Olsborg
14.20 - 14.40 Integrated Provenance Analysis of the Triassic Skagerrak Formation, Quadrant 30 UKCS
Christopher Card
14.40 - 15.00 The Impact of Salt Controlled Minibasins on Triassic Stratigraphy, Central Graben, Norway
Alexandra Tatayo Muzo
15.10 - 15.30 Operational Benefits of Integrated Biostratigraphy and Chemostratigraphy at Wellsite
Paul O’Neill
15.30 - 15.50 Live Panel Discussion With 3 Speakers / Q&A from Audience
15.50 - 16.00 Afternoon Coffee Break
Session 4: Sources and Provenance as a Factor Controlling Stratigraphy
Chair: Richard Worden
16.00 - 16.20 Keynote Address: The Role of Deformation Bands Controlling Reservoir Quality in Salt-Walled Mini-Basins: Implications for Carbon Capture and Storage in Triassic Sandstones
Stuart Jones
16.20 - 16.40 Integrated Chemostratigraphy Provenance From the Great Sleipner Area
Tim Brietfield
16.40 - 17.00 Palaeomagnetic Dating of the Triassic
Claus Beyer
17.00 - 17.15 Live Panel Discussion With 3 Speakers / Q&A from Audience
17.15 - 18.00 Networking & Virtual Cocktails
9 March 2022
9.00 - 9.30 Recap from day 1: Richard Worden, Chris Greenwell and Ehsan Daneshvar
Session 5: Energy Transition and Initiatives in the Region
Chairs: Richard Worden & Adrian Hartley
9.30 - 9.50 Keynote Address: Reservoir Quality, Cap-Rock Quality and Formation Water Salinity Influences on Carbon Capture and Storage Effectiveness in Triassic Rocks: East Irish Sea and Southern North Sea Basins
Richard Worden
9.50 - 10.15 Keynote Address: Hydrogen Storage in the Triassic of the North Sea
Mark Wilkinson
10.15 - 10.40 The Truth About Triassic Minibasins
Christopher Jackson
10.40 - 11.00 Late Triassic Sherwood Sandstone and Mercia Mudstone (Southern East Irish Sea Basin) Reservoir/Seal Analysis in the Context of the Liverpool Bay Carbon Capture Project
Rodrigo de Sainz Simpson
11.00 - 11.30 Live Panel Discussion With 3 Speakers / Q&A from Audience
11.30 - 14.00 Lunch
Session 6: Palaeogeography, Diagenesis, Reservoir Quality and Facies Analysis in Triassic Plays, Chair: Stuart Jones & Richard Worden
14.00 - 14.20 Keynote Address: Nuclear waste management in Triassic sediments
Jonathan Turner
14.20 - 14.40 Petrography, Diagenesis and Reservoir Quality of the Lower Triassic SSG, Solway Basin (UK): Importance of Saline Aquifers for CO₂ Storage
Joshua Marsh
14.40 - 15.00 Practical Techniques for Modelling Directional Permeability Contrasts in the Bunter Sandstone
Keith Milne
15.00 - 15.30 Correlation of Triassic Platform Carbonates Between Turkey and Europe
Ismail Omer Yilmaz
15.30 - 16:00 Live Panel Discussion With 3 Speakers / Q&A from Audience
16:00 - 16:20 Wrap Up Conference: Darren Grocke, Adrian Hartley, Stuart Jones, Richard Worden and Ehsan Daneshvar
16:20 - 18.00 Closing Ceremony
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