Mr Kevin Smith

Mr Kevin Smith Petroleum Geologist

Location: Edinburgh

Tel: 0131 6500 346

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  •  1987 –2012 :  Marine Geoscience, petroleum geology and basin analysis; BGS Edinburgh: Mainly carrying out confidential hydrocarbon prospectivity and related studies, including projects commissioned by the UK government (DTI/DECC) in the North Sea, the Falklands government in the South Atlantic, the World Bank in the Gulf of Guinea, and by independent oil companies in the UK/Faroese sectors of the North Atlantic, with some contributions to other projects appraising the potential for carbon dioxide and hydrocarbon gas storage offshore.
  •  1982 –1986 :  Deep Geology Research Group, BGS Keyworth.
  •  1976 –1982 :  Metalliferous Minerals Unit, BGS London.
  •  1972 –1976 :  Post-graduate research, Open University, Milton Keynes, UK.
  •  1969 –1972 :  B.Sc (Hons), Geology, University of Birmingham


  •  2D and 3D seismic interpretation.
  •  Basin analysis
  •  Hydrocarbon prospectivity studies

Current projects and collaboration

  •  Faroe-Shetland Consortium

Research interests

  •  hydrocarbon prospectivity.
  •  intra-plate volcanism.
  •  salt tectonics.
  •  seismic interpretation / structural geology / basin analysis

Key papers

SMITH, K (in press). The Fascadale Fault; A tectonic link between the Cenozoic volcanic centres of Rum and Ardnaumuchan, Scotland, revealed by multibeam survey. Scottish Journal of Geology.

WILKINSON, M, HASZELDINE, S, MACKAY, E, SMITH, K & SARGEANT, S (in press). A new stratigraphic trap for CO2 in the UK North Sea: appraisal using legacy information. International Journal for Greenhouse Gas Control.

BIDE, T, IDOINE, N E, BROWN, T J & SMITH, K 2011. United Kingdom Minerals Yearbook. British Geological Survey Open Report, OR/11/032. 102pp.

SMITH, K & ZISKA, H 2011. Devonian and Carboniferous. In: RITCHIE, J D, ZISKA, H, JOHNSON, H & EVANS, D (eds) Geology of the Faroe-Shetland Basin and adjacent areas. British Geological Survey Research Report, RR/11/01; Jarđfeingi Research Report RR/11/01. 79-91.

MILTON-WORSSELL, R, SMITH, K, MCGRANDLE, A, WATSON, J & CAMERON, D 2010. The search for a Carboniferous petroleum system beneath the Central North Sea. In: VINING, B A & PICKERING, S C (eds) Petroleum Geology: From Mature Basins to New Frontiers – Proceedings of the 7th Petroleum Geology Conference, Geological Society, London. 57-75.

PERYT, T M, GELUK, M, MATHIESEN, A, PAUL, J & SMITH, K 2010. Zechstein. In: DOURNENBAL, H & STEVENSON, A G Petroleum Geological Atlas of the southern Permian Basin area. EAGE Publications, Houten.

SMITH, K, WHITLEY, P, KIMBELL, G S, KUBALA, M & JOHNSON, H 2009. Enhancing the prospectivity of the Wyville Thomson Ridge. In: VARMING, T (ed) Proceedings of the 2nd Faroese Exploration Conference. Annales Societas Scientarium Faeroensis, Supplementum 50. 286-302.

SMITH, K 2004. The North Sea Silverpit Crater: impact structure or pull-apart basin? Journal of the Geological Society, London. 161 593-602.

SMITH, K 1994. Jurassic. In: GATLIFF, R W et al., The Geology of the Central North Sea. United Kingdom Offshore Regional Report. HMSO, London. 39-49.

SMITH, K, GATLIFF, R W and SMITH, N J P 1994. Discussion on the amount of Tertiary erosion in the UK estimated using sonic velocity analysis. Journal of the Geological Society, London, 151, 1041-1044.

SMITH, K & RITCHIE, J D 1993. Jurassic volcanic centres in the Central North Sea. In: PARKER, J R (Ed.), Petroleum Geology of North West Europe: Proceedings of the 4th Conference, pp 519-531.

SMITH, K. 1992. Carboniferous magmatism in the Iapetus convergence zone: evidence from deep seismic reflection profiles. Journal of the Geological Society, London, 149, 907-914.

SMITH, K & SMITH, N J P 1989. Geology and Deep Geology of the East Midlands. In: PLANT, J & JONES, D G (eds), Metallogenic models and exploration criteria for buried carbonate-hosted ore deposits - a multidisciplinary study in Eastern England. Institute of Mining and Metallurgy/British Geological Survey, 5-11 and 53-64.

KIRBY, G A, SMITH, K, SMITH, N J P & SWALLOW, P W 1987. Oil and gas generation in Eastern England. In: BROOKS, J & GLENNIE, K (eds) Petroleum Geology of Western Europe. Graham and Trotman, London, 171-180.

SMITH, K, SMITH, N J P & HOLLIDAY, D W 1985. The deep structure of Derbyshire. Geological Journal, 20, 215-225.

SMITH, K & LEAKE, R C 1984. Geochemical soil surveys as an aid to mapping and interpretation of the Lizard Complex. Journal of the Geological Society, London, 141, 71-78.

THORPE, R S & SMITH, K 1975. Mid-plate volcanism. In: Geodynamics Today - a review of the Earth's dynamic processes. Royal Society, London, 74-80.

THORPE, R S & SMITH, K 1974. Distribution of Cenozoic volcanism in Africa. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 22, 91-95.