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Dana Petroleum plc is an oil and gas exploration and production company based in Aberdeen, United Kingdom. Its activities are focused on the North Sea, Africa and The Middle East. It is a subsidiary of the Korea National Oil Corporation and is a former constituent of the FTSE 250 Index. Wikipedia.

Aarnes I.,Roxar Software Solutions AS | Aarnes I.,Volcanic Basin Petroleum Research VBPR | Aarnes I.,University of Oslo | Planke S.,Volcanic Basin Petroleum Research VBPR | And 4 more authors.
Journal of the Geological Society | Year: 2015

Voluminous volcanic intrusive activity took place in the Vøring and Møre basins at the Paleocene–Eocene boundary at about 56 Ma. This event caused thermal maturation of Cretaceous sedimentary rocks in the basins. We have estimated the resulting thermogenic gas generation potential from contact metamorphism using numerical simulations calibrated using borehole data. The borehole 6607/5-2 from the Utgard sill complex in the Vøring Basin contains two c. 100 m thick sills and is used as a case study. We present both new and compiled data showing that (1) the bulk organic content is reduced towards the sill intrusions, (2) a c. 1 km thick stratigraphic interval is thermally affected, based on vitrinite reflectance data, (3) relative emplacement timing can affect the gas yield by up to 25%, and (4) some of the thermogenic methane is still present in the aureoles. The numerical model is calibrated using data from 11 wells. We estimate that the total gas generation potential for the two Utgard sills equals that of the Troll field (c. 10 Gt CH4), the largest producing gas field offshore Norway. We show that in the Vøring and Møre basins, the total gas generation potential is up to 1500 Gt CH4 (c. 1100 Gt C), even from the relatively organic-poor Cretaceous source rocks with c. 1 wt% organic carbon, with implications for the carbon cycle at the Paleocene–Eocene boundary. © 2015, The Author(s).

Smyth H.R.,HRS GeoLogic Ltd | Morton A.,CASP | Morton A.,HM Research Associates | Richardson N.,Dana Petroleum | Scott R.A.,CASP
Geological Society Special Publication | Year: 2015

Sediment provenance studies concern the origin, composition, transportation and deposition of detritus, and are therefore an important part of understanding the links between basinal sedimentation, and hinterland tectonics and unroofing. Such studies can add value at many stages of hydrocarbon exploitation, from identifying regional-scale crustal affinities and sediment-dispersal patterns during the earliest stages of exploration to detailed correlation in producing reservoirs and understanding the impact of mineralogy on reservoir diagenesis. This Special Publication records 20 of the papers given at the conference titled 'Sediment Provenance Studies in Hydrocarbon Exploration and Production' organized by the Petroleum Group of the Geological Society of London, and held in London from 5 to 7 December 2011. The observations drawn in this introductory section reflect the volume editors' experience, presentations at the conference and papers within this volume. © The Geological Society of London 2014.

Evenstar L.A.,University of Aberdeen | Hartley A.J.,University of Aberdeen | Archer S.G.,Dana Petroleum | Neilson J.E.,University of Aberdeen
Basin Research | Year: 2015

The Salar de Atacama forms one of a series of forearc basins developed along the western flank of the Central Andes. Exposed along the northwest margin of the basin, a salt-cored range, the Cordillera de la Sal, records the Mid-Miocene to recent sedimentological and structural development of this basin. Sediments of the Mid-Miocene Vilama Formation record the complex interaction between regional/local climate change, halokinesis and compressional deformation. This study reveals how these factors have controlled the facies development and distribution within the Salar de Atacama. Detailed sedimentary logging, cross-sections and present day geomorphology through the northern Cordillera de la Sal have been used to establish a lithostratigraphy, chronostratigraphy and the regional distribution of the Vilama Formation. The Vilama Formation documents an increase in aridity with a hiatus in sedimentation from Mid-Miocene to 9 Ma with initial uplift of the Cordillera de la Sal. From 9 Ma to 8.5 Ma deposition of a meandering fluvial system is recorded followed by a rapid decrease in sedimentation till 6 Ma. From 6 to 2 Ma, the deposition of extensive palustrine carbonates and distal alluvial-mudflat-lacustrine demonstrates the existence of an extensive lake within the Salar de Atacama. Post 2 Ma, the lake decreased in size and braided alluvial gravels associated with alluvial fans were widespread through the region suggesting a final shift to hyperarid conditions. By comparing the Vilama Formation with similar age facies throughout northern Chile and southern Peru, several shifts in climate are recognized. Climate signatures within northern Chile appear to be largely diachronous with the last regional event in the Mid-Miocene. Since that time, humid events have been restricted to either Precordillerian basins or the Central Atacama. Within the Central Atacama, the final switch to hyperarid conditions was not till the earliest Pleistocene, much later than previously estimated within the region. © 2015 John Wiley & Sons Ltd, European Association of Geoscientists & Engineers and International Association of Sedimentologists.

Kneller B.,University of Aberdeen | Dykstra M.,Colorado School of Mines | Dykstra M.,Statoil | Fairweather L.,Dana Petroleum | Milana J.P.,National University of San Juan
AAPG Bulletin | Year: 2016

Mass-transport events are virtually ubiquitous on the modern continental slope and are also frequent in the stratigraphic record, but the potential they create for stratigraphic trapping within the sea-floor topography is not generally appreciated. Given the abundance of mass-transport deposits (MTDs), we should expect that many turbidite systems are so affected. The MTDs may be very large (volumes > 103 km3 [~250 mi3], areas > 10 km2 [~625O mi2], thicknesses > 102 m [~330 ft]), and they extensively remold sea-floor topography on the continental slope and rise. Turbidity currents are highly sensitive to topography; thus, turbidite reservoir distribution and geometry on the slope and rise are often significantly affected by subjacent MTDs or their slide scars. Tur-bidites may be captured within slide scars and on the trailing edges, margins, and rugose upper surfaces of MTDs; developed in accommodation when the mass movement comes to rest; or subsequently resulting from compaction or creep. The filling of such accommodation depends on the properties of the turbidity currents, their depositional gradient, and how they interact with basin floor topography. The scale of accommodation on top of MTDs is determined largely by the dynamics of the initial mass flow and internal structure of the final deposit, and it typically has a limited range of length scales. We present interpretations of a range of previously published and original case studies to illustrate the range of accommodation styles associated with MTD-related topography within the evacuated space of the slide scar, around and on top of the deposits themselves. In fact, several well-known deep-water outcrops probably represent examples of sedimentation influenced by MTDs. Hydrocarbon reservoirs in many slope settings may be controlled by the accommodation related to MTD topography. At the exploration scale, entire shelf margin and slope depositional systems may be contained within the scars evacuated on the upper slope by mass failure, whereas at the production scale, the rugosity on the top of MTDs creates widespread potential for stratigraphic trapping. The location, geometry, and property distribution of such reservoirs are closely controlled by the interaction of turbidity currents with the topography; thus, an understanding of these processes and their impact on slope stratigraphy is vital to reservoir prediction. © Copyright 2016. The American Association of Petroleum Geologists. All rights reserved.

Contreras A.,Woodside Energy | Torres-Verdin C.,University of Texas at Austin | Fasnacht T.,Anadarko Petroleum Co. | Chesters W.,JPMorgan | Kvien K.,Dana Petroleum
Leading Edge | Year: 2014

A new algorithm for joint stochastic inversion of well logs and multiple-angle stacks of migrated 3D prestack seismic data is based on a Bayesian statistical search criterion implemented with fast Markov-chain Monte Carlo updates. It enforces a priori measures of spatial correlation as well as geometric structural and stratigraphic embedding. Results consist of spatial distributions of elastic properties with a vertical resolution intermediate between that of seismic-amplitude data and well logs. In addition, the algorithm provides quantitative estimates of nonuniqueness based on statistical distribution of multiple spatial realizations derived from random initial models. It is also possible to estimate lithology and petrophysical properties such as porosity by enforcing multidimensional statistical correlations between elastic and petrophysical properties sampled from well logs. Results are described from the successful application of the inversion algorithm to the high-resolution characterization of hydrocarbon-producing units of a deepwater reservoir in the central Gulf of Mexico. Sensitivity analyses of resolution and non-uniqueness at blind-well locations corroborate the reliable estimation of elastic and petrophysical properties. Estimated distributions of lithology and elastic properties are influenced only marginally by the choice of inversion parameters and the assumed measures of spatial correlation. © 2014 by The Society of Exploration Geophysicists.

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