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United Kingdom Oil and Gas Fields 50 Years Commemorative Atlas

Following the two previous UK oil and gas field atlases, which were published in 1991 (Geological Society Memoir 14 edited by Ian Abbotts) and 2003 (Geological Society Memoir 20 edited by Jon Gluyas and Helen Hichens), the Society plans to compile a new oil and gas field atlas. This two-volume memoir will mark the 50th anniversaries of discovery of offshore gas and oil in 1965 and 1969, respectively.

It is intended that the volumes will contain papers on as many onshore and offshore UK fields as possible, with some overview papers looking at fairways as exemplified by the fields within those fairways. Field papers will be relatively concise, of the order of 8–10 sides in length and following a broadly defined format as discussed below. Much has happened since the last volume was compiled, not just in terms of new fields discovered and developed, but also further development of older fields and generally more sophisticated use of 3D data based on improved seismic imaging. These are themes that can be captured in the papers in this new atlas. For many fields this atlas may represent the last opportunity to capture a subsurface description before the field is abandoned.

Volunteers sought

To make this new atlas a success will require a great deal of effort. Volunteers are therefore sought to author field papers, to review papers and to act as coordinators/contact point within individual companies in order to facilitate the process. To volunteer a paper, offer to act as a reviewer or to act as a company coordinator, please contact one of the editors named below.

Field papers: guidelines to authors

To ensure consistency of content of papers and to help assist paper preparation, guidelines for authors can be accessed here.

It is our intention to complete one or two papers relatively early in the process to act as examples to authors of the typical content and layout. Check back to this page during 2016 to access these example papers.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Jon Gluyas (
Graham Goffey (

The Society is grateful to the following organisations for their support of this project: