The petroleum geoscience team works with UK and overseas governments, the World Bank, other national geoscience organisations, oil company consortia and Oil and Gas UK, to provide geological advice and services in support of exploration and development activity.
Our aim is to use and develop our expertise and experience in sub-surface geology, basin analysis and hydrocarbon systems in the following ways:
Our expertise covers a wide range of aspects of the exploration business, from regional geological studies through to prospect generation, field development studies, licensing, and marketing and promotion of opportunities.
We also have considerable experience of negotiating and managing the exploration programmes that governments require oil companies to deliver as part of their licence agreements.
We have worked (sometimes in in partnerships with specialist economic and engineering consultancies) to deliver integrated geological, prospectivity, economic and development analyses, for clients including:
We have also worked with several different oil company consortia, including:
In addition to the eight oil company sponsors, the FSC is conducted in partnership with Jarðfeingi (Faroese Earth and Energy Directorate) and the Northeast Atlantic Geoscience Tectonostratigraphic Atlas Consortium (NAG-TEC), whose partners comprise the 'NAG group' of north European geological surveys, led by the Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland (GEUS) and sponsored by a number of oil companies.
The team has substantial research interests, and jointly supervises PhD and Masters students at Keele University undertaking a range of cutting-edge research into sub-surface fluid flow in complexly-faulted, dry land depositional systems, in both the UK and the USA. We also have research links with the University of Adelaide in Australia and Heriot-Watt University in the UK.
The petroleum geoscience team has worked with the Falkland Islands Government since 1992.
The petroleum geoscience team coordinates a consortium-based research approach to understanding the tectonostratigraphic evolution of the north west Atlantic margin.
The petroleum geoscience team works closely with the UK Oil and Gas Authority.
The petroleum geoscience team is working with the UK Oil and Gas Authority, Oil and Gas UK and a consortium of oil companies to evaluate previously overlooked or unfashionable areas of the UK Continental Shelf.
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