Title: The Geology of the Shale Gas Basins onshore Ireland
Researchers: Dr Cole Jiulin Guo, Prof. John Walsh
The onshore-offshore structural modelling is about integrating remote sensing data to build structurally robust model for the government and industrial sponsors to make unbiased decisions. The onshore modelling taking the Lough Allen Basin as an example has been successfully completed. The main focus of this annual report is on the offshore structural modelling NE Rockall within Ireland to look at faults and associated sedimentary packages at syn-rift to pre-rift level. We propose that the NE Rockall Basin has experienced substantial erosion during Late to Early Cretaceous time, creating only remnants of Late Jurassic syn-rift packages, possibly extending into the Early Cretaceous time. The erosive surface, BCU has perhaps removed significant amount of sediments together with the offsets created by faults during the Early part of the Early Cretaceous. The research objective is through building the fault modelling based on seismic and well data to provide insights in the fault geometry, timing of the rift and indications of the structures mapped on unconformities.