The main reservoir in the east irish sea basin is the triassic ormskirk formation. Spirit energy extending morecambe bay gas into fourth. Spirit energy is preparing to shut down certain platforms at its morecambe bay fields in the irish sea, while at the same time refurbishing others for extended service. The gas field is expected to secure about 400 jobs in the northwest england. The south morecambe gas field, blocks 1102a, 1103a, 110. Rhyl gas field, east irish north sea offshore technology. Centrica threatens to shut down morecambe bay gas field. The geology of the morecambe gas field the geology of the morecambe gas field levison, alan 19880501 00. Geology, discovery and reserves of rhyl offshore gas field. The south morecambe gas field, blocks 1102a, 1103a, 1107a. The geology of the morecambe gas field, geology today 10.
The aim is to sustain gas production as long as possible into the next decade. Rampside gas terminal is a gas terminal situated in barrowinfurness, cumbria on the irish sea coast. It is situated adjacent to the former roosecote power station. Risc advisory paper east irish sea, rhyl field published in. The hydrocarbon prospectivity of britains onshore basins. The triassic sherwood sandstone group contains reservoir rocks and the overlying mercia mudstone group evaporites provide a seal. The triassic sherwood sandstone group reservoir is composed of. Exploration of the basin commenced in 1966 and the discovery well, 11021, was drilled in 1974. The cost for the development of the field reached about. The wessexchannel basin is a classic area of british geology, studied by. Production started in 1985 with the south morecambe gas field.
The liverpool bay fields douglas, douglas west, lennox, hamilton, hamilton. Potential for storage of carbon dioxide in the rocks beneath the east. Two key periods of oil and gas exploration activity stand out in the history of the offshore basin, the first headed by the gas council during the 1970s resulted in the discovery of the gas giants of morecambe bay, whilst the second fronted by hamilton oil during the 1990s heralded the discovery of oil with the douglas and lennox fields in. South morecambe gas field is situated in the east irish sea and produces gas from the triassic sherwood sandstone group. The fields are serviced from liverpool, blackpool and morecambe. List of oil and gas fields of the north sea wikipedia. Row over windfall tax on offshore drilling provokes possible closure of field that produces 6% of. The north morecambe gas field lies in the east irish sea basin close to the producing south morecambe field, from which it is separated by a very deep wswene graben.
The field extends the morecambe bay operations beyond 2020. This list of oil and gas fields of the north sea contains links to oil and natural gas reservoirs. Morecambe bay is a large estuary in northwest england, just to the south of the lake district national park. It is the largest expanse of intertidal mudflats and sand in the united kingdom, covering a total area of 310 km 2 120 sq mi. Ultimately it was the discovery of the giant morecambe field in 1974 which proved.
Approximately 10% of the uks daily consumption of natural gas will be supplied by this giant accumulation trapped within fluvial deposits of the. Centrica threatens to shut down morecambe bay gas field this article is more than 9 years old row over windfall tax on offshore drilling provokes possible closure of field that produces 6% of. The history of exploration and development of the liverpool bay. Resources of the uk, known as the brown book, in 2000 marked the end of. The north morecambe gas field in the east irish sea basin was discovered by well. The book has been published in hard copy this month and follows the proceedings of the 8th petroleum geology conference held in 2015. Spirit energy extending morecambe bay gas into fourth decade. This book provides a snapshot of current understanding on the petroleum. Today operations in morecambe bay account for around eight per cent of the nations supply, producing 500 million cubic feet of gas every day.
Two key periods of oil and gas exploration activity stand out in the history of the offshore basin, the first headed by the gas council during the 1970s resulted in the discovery of the gas giants of morecambe bay, whilst the second fronted by hamilton oil during the 1990s heralded the discovery of oil with the douglas and lennox fields in liverpool bay. The designed life expectancy of the gas fields facilities is 15 years. The north morecambe field, block 1102a, east irish sea. Centrica threatens to shut down morecambe bay gas field this article is more than 9 years old. The history of the european oil and gas industry reflects local as well as global political events, economic constraints and the personal. The geology of the north morecambe gas field, east irish. They let you easily navigate your way around the site and allow us to improve its performance. The triassic sherwood sandstone group reservoir was. Gas production from the uk continental shelf oxford institute for. In 1974, the second largest gas field in the uk was discovered 25 miles 40 km west of blackpool, with original reserves of over 7 trillion cubic feet tcf. According to centrica, gas formed in rocks lying deep beneath the irish sea was extracted, processed and piped into the national grid for the first time on january 9, 1985. Appraisal was complete by 1983 and development was carried out in two phases with the object of providing deliverability to help to satisfy the winter peak in demand.46 1466 565 1271 40 1353 121 901 1297 78 1130 1057 766 785 244 1352 591 1191 579 1045 1213 638 976 1300 370 637 716 171 167 1437 1088