Three-dimensional distribution of geomechanically based fault properties and their consequence for poroperm and overpressure: a synthetic fault model study

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    Abstract

    Fault sealing properties are often represented using a simplistic, essentially planar, method in which variations from background permeability are provided via transmissibility multipliers applied to the cells along the fault plane. Transmissibility multipliers can be useful as they are typically used in fluid flow simulations. But they are only one way of representing the changed petrophysical properties and they need to represent the realistic deformation distribution in and around the fault zone, which is almost always complex. Geomechanical simulations of faulting which specifically incorporate poroplastic behaviour can predict deformation-induced permanent volume increase/loss. The associated pore system changes can also be predicted leading to more appropriate fault rock porosities and permeabilities. This work shows how the dilation/compaction and resulting altered porosity and permeability, together with the stress redistribution produced by fault zone geomechanical simulations, are used in a 3D fault zone model. It then evaluates their flow consequences using fluid flow simulations. A synthetic faulted 3D grid model is created containing a listric normal fault with variation in throw. The surrounding sedimentary rocks are assigned uniform generic pre-deformation petrophysical properties (e.g. porosity, perm NTG). The 3D geomodel is then assigned the cell by cell changed porosity and permeability values calculated from the geomechanically derived dilational and compactional strains. Fluid flow simulations using this geomodel show that inclusion of geomechanical derived parameters significantly affects the enhanced/degraded flow around fault zones and the consequent redistribution of pressure regimes.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pagesn/a
    Publication statusPublished - Oct 2008
    EventAAPG International Conference and Exhibition 08 - Cape Town, South Africa
    Duration: 26 Oct 200829 Oct 2008

    Conference

    ConferenceAAPG International Conference and Exhibition 08
    CountrySouth Africa
    CityCape Town
    Period26/10/0829/10/08

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