4D time strain and the seismic signature of geomechanical compaction at Genesis

James Rickett, Luca Duranti, Tom Hudson, Bernard Regel, Neil Hodgson

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    Abstract

    Genesis Field, which lies in the Green Canyon area of the Gulf of Mexico at a water depth of 790 m, consists of a series of unconsolidated Pleistocene/Pliocene-aged turbidite sands, dipping up against a salt-cored ridge. Since first oil in 1999, the field has been under primary production, and, although there is a moderate natural water drive in parts of the field, much of it has undergone significant compaction resulting from pressure depletion. The compaction has had severe economic ramifications, as recently several wells have been lost due to compaction-related shear failure. © 2007 Society of Exploration Geophysicists.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)644-647
    Number of pages4
    JournalLeading Edge
    Volume26
    Issue number5
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - May 2007

    Keywords

    • Geophysical prospecting
    • Hydrocarbon reservoirs
    • Seismology

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