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New learning from exploration and development in the UKCS Atlantic Margin

20 - 22 May 2020
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Event type:
Conference, Field Trip, Specialist Group
Organised by:
Geological Society Events, Petroleum Group
Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen
Event status:
Deadline: 31 January 2020

The UK Atlantic margin, including the West of Shetlands area, is the location of the UK’s largest remaining hydrocarbon reserves, the largest recent field development investments and holds the greatest potential for future material discoveries in the UK.

In the 10 years since the last Geological Society conference on this region, great advances have been made in the understanding of its diverse plays, from fractured basement to Eocene coastal deposits, and everything in between.

This three-day meeting gives attendees a unique opportunity to learn about the geoscience of recent discoveries and field developments, as well as how technology is developing to meet the imaging and drilling challenges of the area.

For a fully immersive experience, there is an opportunity to see the diverse range of reservoirs in outcrop on the Isle of Skye (15 to 17 May) and in core at the Iron Mountain facility at Dyce (19 May).

Conference themes

  • Paleocene deep water reservoirs
  • Mesozoic pre-, syn-, and post-rift plays
  • Palaeozoic play (e.g. Carboniferous and Devonian at the Clair field)
  • Non-clastic plays (e.g. fractured basement, volcanics, carbonates)
  • Paleocene-Eocene volcanic-associated reservoirs
  • Extra-UK Atlantic Margin
  • Multidisciplinary technology session (e.g. advances in drilling techniques, sub-sill imaging, EOR)
  • Geodynamics, basin modelling, thermal and uplift/subsidence history, migration routes
  • What’s next? The next 10 years for exploration and development in the region

Associated events

  • Three-day field trip to the Isle of Skye run by Nick Schofield (University of Aberdeen) and Stuart Archer (Nautilus RPS)
  • Guided core viewing day at Iron Mountain, Dyce
  • Social programme to include a conference dinner

Call for abstracts

Please submit a talk or poster abstract to and copy to Sarah Woodcock by Friday 31 January 2020.


  • Noah Jaffey (Shell)
  • Jamie Collins (BP)
  • Clayton Grove (Siccar Point Energy)
  • Olga Shtukert (Western Geco)
  • Christopher Bugg (Total)
  • Douglas Watson (ExxonMobil)


Sir Ian Wood Building
Robert Gordon University
AB10 7GJ

Geolsoc Contact

Sarah Woodcock

Geological Society of London
Burlington House
Piccadilly, London
United Kingdom

Event sponsors