Wessex Geological Fieldtrip

This fieldtrip is complimentary to the Introduction to Petroleum Geology course, putting concepts and skills into practice. The fieldtrip has two specific objectives. Firstly to review the geological processes that result in the generation, migration, entrapment and preservation of hydrocarbons. This is assisted by the Wessex Basin being an exhumed, partly uplifted, petroliferous sedimentary basin. Secondly we will describe the main productive reservoir intervals of the Wytch Farm Oil Field, particularly the Triassic Sherwood Sandstone and the Lower Jurassic Bridport Sands. This information will be used to discuss broader aspects of the development of the Wytch Farm oil field and to make comparisons to the North Sea Fields.

South Africa – Visit to Active Mining Operations

A visit of at least ten days to a region of active mining, downstream metal and mineral processing and energy development will be arranged for the third and fourth weeks of the summer term. The visit is a key component of your degree programme as it provides first-hand experience of all aspects of the extraction industry.  It also reinforces the practical application of the theoretical material covered in the first two terms.