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The Cavendish Gas Field, Block 43/19, UK Southern North Sea.

Wasielka, N. and Gluyas, J.G. and Breese, H. and Symonds, R. (2020) 'The Cavendish Gas Field, Block 43/19, UK Southern North Sea.', Geological Society memoirs., 52 . pp. 131-141.


The Cavendish Field is located in UK Continental Shelf Block 43/19a on the northern margin of the Outer Silverpit Basin of the Southern North Sea, 87 miles (140 km) NE of the Lincolnshire coast in a water depth of 62 ft (18.9 m). The Cavendish Field is a gas field in the upper Carboniferous Namurian C (Millstone Grit Formation) and Westphalian A (Caister Coal Formation) strata. It was discovered in 1989 by Britoil-operated well 43/19-1. Production started in 2007 and ceased in 2018. Gas initially in place was 184 bcf and at end of field life 98 bcf had been produced. The field was developed by three wells drilled through the normally unmanned platform into fluvio-deltaic sandstone intervals that had sufficiently good reservoir quality to be effective reservoirs. The majority of the formation within closure comprises mudstones, siltstones and low permeability, non-reservoir-quality feldspathic sandstones. The quality of the reservoir is variable and is controlled by grain size, feldspar content and diagenesis. The field is a structural trap, sealed by a combination of intra-Carboniferous mudstones and a thick sequence of Permian mudstones and evaporites.

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Publisher statement:Wasielka, N. , Gluyas, J.G. , Breese, H. & Symonds, R. (2020). The Cavendish Gas Field, Block 43/19, UK Southern North Sea. Geological Society Memoirs 52: 131-141. © Geological Society of London 2020.
Date accepted:16 August 2019
Date deposited:28 January 2020
Date of first online publication:30 October 2020
Date first made open access:30 October 2021

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