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Title: 3-D seismology in the Arabian Gulf

Abstract

Since 1977 when Aramco and GSI (Geophysical Services International) pioneered the first 3-D seismic survey in the Arabian Gulf, under the guidance of Aramco`s Chief Geophysicist John Hoke, 3-D seismology has been effectively used to map many complex subsurface geological phenomena. By the mid-1990s extensive 3-D surveys were acquired in Abu Dhabi, Oman, Qatar and Saudi Arabia. Also in the mid-1990`s Bahrain, Kuwait and Dubai were preparing to record surveys over their fields. On the structural side 3-D has refined seismic maps, focused faults and fractures systems, as well as outlined the distribution of facies, porosity and fluid saturation. In field development, 3D has not only reduced drilling costs significantly, but has also improved the understanding of fluid behavior in the reservoir. In Oman, Petroleum Development Oman (PDO) has now acquired the first Gulf 4-D seismic survey (time-lapse 3D survey) over the Yibal Field. The 4-D survey will allow PDO to directly monitor water encroachment in the highly-faulted Cretaceous Shu`aiba reservoir. In exploration, 3-D seismology has resolved complex prospects with structural and stratigraphic complications and reduced the risk in the selection of drilling locations. The many case studies from Saudi Arabia, Oman, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates, which aremore » reviewed in this paper, attest to the effectiveness of 3D seismology in exploration and producing, in clastics and carbonates reservoirs, and in the Mesozoic and Paleozoic.« less

Authors:
 [1];  [2]
  1. Gulf PetroLink, Manama (Bahrain)
  2. Saudi Aramco, Dhahran (Saudi Arabia)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
127326
Report Number(s):
CONF-950995-
Journal ID: AABUD2; ISSN 0149-1423; TRN: 95:005942-0019
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: AAPG Bulletin; Journal Volume: 79; Journal Issue: 8; Conference: International conference and exhibition of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, Inc.: managing change at the turn of the century, Nice (France), 10-13 Sep 1995; Other Information: PBD: Aug 1995
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
02 PETROLEUM; PERSIAN GULF; PETROLEUM DEPOSITS; OFFSHORE DRILLING; SEISMIC SURVEYS; OIL FIELDS; RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT; PETROLEUM INDUSTRY; HISTORICAL ASPECTS; EXPLORATION; OMAN; ARAB COUNTRIES

Citation Formats

Al-Husseini, M., and Chimblo, R.. 3-D seismology in the Arabian Gulf. United States: N. p., 1995. Web.
Al-Husseini, M., & Chimblo, R.. 3-D seismology in the Arabian Gulf. United States.
Al-Husseini, M., and Chimblo, R.. Tue . "3-D seismology in the Arabian Gulf". United States.
@article{osti_127326,
title = {3-D seismology in the Arabian Gulf},
author = {Al-Husseini, M. and Chimblo, R.},
abstractNote = {Since 1977 when Aramco and GSI (Geophysical Services International) pioneered the first 3-D seismic survey in the Arabian Gulf, under the guidance of Aramco`s Chief Geophysicist John Hoke, 3-D seismology has been effectively used to map many complex subsurface geological phenomena. By the mid-1990s extensive 3-D surveys were acquired in Abu Dhabi, Oman, Qatar and Saudi Arabia. Also in the mid-1990`s Bahrain, Kuwait and Dubai were preparing to record surveys over their fields. On the structural side 3-D has refined seismic maps, focused faults and fractures systems, as well as outlined the distribution of facies, porosity and fluid saturation. In field development, 3D has not only reduced drilling costs significantly, but has also improved the understanding of fluid behavior in the reservoir. In Oman, Petroleum Development Oman (PDO) has now acquired the first Gulf 4-D seismic survey (time-lapse 3D survey) over the Yibal Field. The 4-D survey will allow PDO to directly monitor water encroachment in the highly-faulted Cretaceous Shu`aiba reservoir. In exploration, 3-D seismology has resolved complex prospects with structural and stratigraphic complications and reduced the risk in the selection of drilling locations. The many case studies from Saudi Arabia, Oman, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates, which are reviewed in this paper, attest to the effectiveness of 3D seismology in exploration and producing, in clastics and carbonates reservoirs, and in the Mesozoic and Paleozoic.},
doi = {},
journal = {AAPG Bulletin},
number = 8,
volume = 79,
place = {United States},
year = {Tue Aug 01 00:00:00 EDT 1995},
month = {Tue Aug 01 00:00:00 EDT 1995}
}