Substantial hydrocarbon reserves in the Central and Viking Grabens of the North Sea are reservoired in Paleocene submarine fan sandstones. Large structurally controlled accumulations in these types of sand bodies, such as the giant Forties Field in the UKCS Central Graben, have become increasingly difficult to find. Therefore, current industry exploration efforts are focused upon the recognition of stratigraphic pinchouts of these submarine fan sands, which are capable of forming substantial hydrocarbon accumulations, such as Amoco (UK)'s 1.2 TCF GIP Everest Complex, the springboard for the Central Area Transmission Systein (CATS) pipeline project.


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