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The Innes Field, Block 30/24, UK North Sea

Gluyas, J.G.; Arkley, P.

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P. Arkley


The abandoned Innes Field was within Block 30/24 on the western margin of the Central Trough in the UK sector of the North Sea. Hamilton Brothers Oil Company operated the licence, and Innes was the third commercially viable oil discovery in the block after Argyll and Duncan. It was discovered in 1983 with well 30/24-24. Three appraisal wells were drilled, one of which was successful. Oil occurs in the Early Permian Rotliegend Group sandstones sealed by Zechstein Group dolomites and Upper Jurassic shale. The discovery well and successful appraisal well were used for production. Export of light, gas-rich crude was via a 15 km pipeline to Argyll. Innes was produced using pressure decline. It was abandoned in 1992 having produced 5.8 MMbbl of oil and possibly 9.8 bcf of gas. Water cut was a few percent. Innes was re-examined between 2001 and 2003 by the Tuscan Energy/Acorn Oil and Gas partnership with a view to tying the field back to the newly redeveloped Argyll (Ardmore) Field but marginal economics and financial constraints for the two start-up companies prevented any further activity. Enquest currently owns the licence and the company has redeveloped Argyll/Ardmore, as Alma. There are no plans to redevelop Innes.


Gluyas, J., & Arkley, P. (2020). The Innes Field, Block 30/24, UK North Sea. Memoirs, 52, 488-497.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jul 19, 2018
Online Publication Date Oct 30, 2020
Publication Date 2020
Deposit Date Oct 9, 2018
Publicly Available Date Oct 30, 2021
Journal Memoirs
Print ISSN 0435-4052
Electronic ISSN 2041-4722
Publisher The Geological Society
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 52
Pages 488-497


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