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Third Time Lucky? Imaging the Dentale Formation Offshore GabonNormal access

Authors: A. Pavlov, J. Fruehn, M. Sugrue, B. Cox, J. Price and I.F. Jones
Event name: 78th EAGE Conference and Exhibition 2016
Session: Seismic Imaging - Case Studies
Publication date: 31 May 2016
DOI: 10.3997/2214-4609.201600822
Organisations: EAGE
Language: English
Info: Extended abstract, PDF ( 1.65Mb )
Price: € 20

Summary:
Rapid lateral and vertical velocity and thickness variations within Albian carbonates and Aptian evaporites in West African salt basins present considerable problems for seismic imaging and depth modelling. Failure to address these problems has effectively restricted sub-salt exploration success offshore southern Gabon, even with 3D PSDM data processing. Using new 3D data from Dussafu and employing a range of velocity model updating techniques, migration algorithms and geological data we have built a very detailed and accurate velocity model of the complex, stratified Albian carbonate layer. This enabled us to remove some of the artificial deformation evident in earlier processing at Base Salt and below, which resulted from inaccurate velocity models. This successful processing project relied upon close collaboration between the geology and geophysics teams within the operator and the geophysical contractor. This collaboration led to the careful selection of methods to develop a reliable earth model, producing clear seismic images which will be used as a basis for field development.


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