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The Morag Field, Block 16/29a, UK North Sea.

Gluyas, J.G. and Słowakiewicz, M. and Tucker, M.E. and Gutteridge, P. (2020) 'The Morag Field, Block 16/29a, UK North Sea.', Geological Society memoirs., 52 . pp. 897-905.


The Morag Field is a small oilfield underlying the Maureen Field in UK Block 16/29a. Black oil is trapped within Upper Permian, Morag Member, vuggy and fractured dolomite rafts between 9300 and 10 600 ft true vertical depth subsea. The dolomite reservoir occurs at the top of a Zechstein salt dome. Morag was discovered in 1979 by well 16/29a-A1, the first platform well drilled for the overlying Maureen Field with its Paleocene sandstone reservoir. Morag was produced via a single well (16/29a-A1) between 1991 and 1994. Three more platform wells were drilled into the Permian interval prior to Maureen Field start up but only one penetrated oil-bearing dolomite (16/29a-A2). An additional well (16/29a–A23Z) was drilled into the Morag Field in 1993. The well encountered Morag Member at virgin pressure and tested oil at high flow rate but then the well failed due to mechanical problems. Oil in place was calculated to be about 24 MMbbl in four independent fault blocks. Ultimately 16/29a-A1 delivered 2.6 MMbbl from a fault block calculated to have held 6.7 MMbbl stock tank oil initially in place.

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Publisher statement:Gluyas, J.G., Słowakiewicz, M., Tucker, M.E. & Gutteridge, P. (2020). The Morag Field, Block 16/29a, UK North Sea. Geological Society Memoirs 52: 897-905. © Geological Society of London 2020.
Date accepted:03 March 2019
Date deposited:07 March 2019
Date of first online publication:30 October 2020
Date first made open access:30 October 2021

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