Virtual: PGK monthly meeting
The previously cancelled March monthly lecture will now be held as a virtual meeting and in cooperation with the SPE Netherlands section. The lecture will start at 17:30 hrs and end about one hour later. You can join this lecture by clicking the link below shortly before the start of the meeting: Join Microsoft Teams Meeting
Our guest will be Kike Beintema (Tulip) and she will give a talk about: “The revival of Q10: discovery and appraisal in the mature Southern North Sea”.
17:30-18:30 hrs: Lecture (Virtual)
The Southern North Sea has been extensively explored, and many oil and gas fields were successfully developed over the past decades. Exploration has been very successful in some areas and less so in others. The central Q-blocks have a number of dry wells from the 1960’s, 70’s and 80’s and has since then the area has been largely ignored by E&P operators. Tulip Oil has demonstrated that with diligent data mining, data reprocessing and new data acquisition, the area can be successfully unlocked. The Q10-A gas field was re-discovered in 2015 and brought on stream in 2019. This was made possible by a combination of a better understanding of the geology and hydrocarbon plays, a study of historical ‘dry’ wells, new drilling and stimulation techniques, and a low-cost approach. Near-field exploration is currently ongoing, based on new 2D seismic data acquired in 2018 and 1800km2 of 3D seismic reprocessed in 2019. New discoveries can be tied back at low cost to the Q10-A hub. The North Sea is not a dead hydrocarbon province and we should not stop exploring; the Netherlands needs its domestic natural gas production to bridge the energy gap during the transition and limit gas import requirements in the coming years.