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High-Resolution Processing and Imaging for Shallow-Hazard Analysis; a Case Study from Angoche, Offshore MozambiqueNormal access

Authors: A. Kanrar, A. Cooke, O. Lewis, S. Joyce, J. Keeble, A. Ghanem, D. Powis, K. Broadbent and M. Francis
Event name: 81st EAGE Conference and Exhibition 2019
Session: Poster: Near Surface Understanding A
Publication date: 03 June 2019
DOI: 10.3997/2214-4609.201901127
Organisations: EAGE
Language: English
Info: Extended abstract, PDF ( 796.73Kb )
Price: € 20

Prior to deep water exploration drilling it is important to identify geologic hazards both on the sea bottom and in the overburden that could affect drilling operations. This 5000 sq km case study, from the Angoche basin, offshore Mozambique, covers a deep-water block. High-resolution processing of frequency range 0-250 Hz, provided further detail for shallow-hazard assessment. The key high-resolution processing steps such as 3D deghosting, denoise, regularization & interpolation, imaging and post stack image enhancement techniques provide a clear image of the subsurface and facilitate shallow-hazard identification and interpretation work. This case study demonstrates recent broadband acquisition, processing advancements and careful consideration of the processing parameters enabled generation of high-resolution seismic cubes for shallow-hazard analysis. Interpretation of this shallow hazard data set enabled identification of potential hazards, that includes shallow channels, faults, and mass transport complexes (MTCs). Fine scale imaging provided detailed images of internal deformations within the mass transport complex.

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