- Research Associate
Arron Fox is a research associate in the iCRAG hydrocarbons research spoke. Arron graduated with a BSc in Geology from University College Dublin and an MSc in Integrated Petroleum Geoscience in 2009 from University of Aberdeen. From 2009 to 2020, she worked for Tullow Oil in Exploration and Subsurface, where she worked on deepwater deposits, including offshore Guyana-Suriname, Uruguay, and the Norwegian Continental shelf. Arron joined ICRAG in 2020 under the supervision of Dr Lawrence Amy. Her research is focusing on upslope stratigraphic traps comprising deepwater sand bodies with updip terminations that are a prime hydrocarbon exploration target in many deepwater basins including the Irish Porcupine Basin.
Stratigraphic and subtle combination traps are those which cannot be defined by structural closure alone. They have a well-documented track record as significant contributors to global hydrocarbon resources. The identification and risking of stratigraphic and subtle combination traps can be alleviated by appropriate use of analogue data combined with the application of specialist and conventional exploration techniques.
The aim of this project is to provide a better understanding of upslope sandstone pinchouts in deepwater systems from which to establish more reliable geological models for pinchout trap prediction. Specifically, the project will evaluate what geological conditions favour the development of upslope pinchouts in rift-basins using seismic and well data from the North Falkland Basin, where recent drilling has targeted stratigraphically trapped early Cretaceous submarine fans yielding discoveries (e.g. Sea Lion Field, ~250 million barrels recoverable).
Lessons learnt from the North Falklands Basin will provide important insights for exploration for gas in the tectonically analogies Porcupine Basin.
- Specialist Staff
- Earth Resources
- Offshore basins