Quantitative evaluation of reservoir fault communication using 4D seismic - An application to the heidrun field

A. Benguigui, C. MacBeth

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    Abstract

    In compartmentalized reservoir settings, it is known that fault seal properties control the fluid flow and pressure development, and strongly affect reservoir management decisions in terms of the chosen drainage strategy for field production. Fault transmissibilities inserted into the simulation model to represent the behaviour of faults are based on geological understanding and are uncertain because of the sparse nature of well data used in their estimation. Here, 4D seismic data is used to supplement and more fully resolve the spatial distribution of the fault properties. To achieve this task, inter-compartment amplitude contrast and statistics of spatial variability for the 4D signatures are considered. These 4D measures are then calibrated at the wells to the geology based estimates of fault permeability. Application of this technique to the Heidrun field provides an adjustment of the inter-compartment transmissibility factors in the simulation model. Predictions using this updated flow simulator model appear encouraging.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationSociety of Petroleum Engineers - 70th European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers Conference and Exhibition - Incorporating SPE EUROPEC 2008
    Pages3837-3841
    Number of pages5
    Volume6
    Publication statusPublished - 2008
    Event70th European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers Conference and Exhibition - Rome, Italy
    Duration: 9 Jun 200812 Jun 2008

    Conference

    Conference70th European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers Conference and Exhibition
    Abbreviated titleSPE EUROPEC 2008
    CountryItaly
    CityRome
    Period9/06/0812/06/08

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    Benguigui, A., & MacBeth, C. (2008). Quantitative evaluation of reservoir fault communication using 4D seismic - An application to the heidrun field. In Society of Petroleum Engineers - 70th European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers Conference and Exhibition - Incorporating SPE EUROPEC 2008 (Vol. 6, pp. 3837-3841)