I003 Improving Exploration Success for Paleocene Vaila Formation Stratigraphic Traps West of Shetland N. Loizou* (Department of Trade & Industry) SUMMARY EAGE 69 th Conference & Exhibition — London UK 11 - 14 June 2007 The west of Shetland area has scope for the stratigraphic entrapment of hydrocarbons within the Paleocene Vaila Formation. Mapping and identification of such traps requires a fundamental understanding of the regional geology the study of analogues and source kitchens and a thorough approach to trap validation. Since 1982 48 exploration wells (Fig.1) have been positioned on Paleocene prospects with a significant stratigraphic component but few


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