Reservoir fluid substitution effects on seismic profile interpretation : a physical modeling experiment

Wang, Shangxu; Li, Xiang-Yang; Di, Bangrang; Booth, David. 2010 Reservoir fluid substitution effects on seismic profile interpretation : a physical modeling experiment. Geophysical Research Letters, 37, L10306. 10.1029/2010GL043090

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P-wave seismic surveys are performed on realistic physical models of a reservoir formed of interbedded sand and shale layers and filled with gas, water, and oil. They show characteristic behaviour which can be used to distinguish between fluids, with significant implications for the interpretation of time-lapse experiments. Discontinuous reflections originate in gas-filled reservoirs, with widely varying amplitude compared to oil- or water-filled reservoirs. Anomalous changes in seismic amplitude difference attributes for reflections within the reservoir are seen for gas/oil substitution. Oil/water substitution results in only weak variations of reservoir elastic properties, thus amplitude difference attributes may be unsuitable for monitoring changes in oil/water saturation. However, direct differences between the time traces are strong. On time-lapse sections, strong amplitude difference anomalies do not necessarily correspond to the region where the fluid variations occur; this is significant for monitoring oil field development by water injection.

Item Type: Publication - Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): 10.1029/2010GL043090
Programmes: BGS Programmes 2010 > Energy Science
ISSN: 0094-8276
NORA Subject Terms: Earth Sciences
Date made live: 10 Sep 2010 14:14 +0 (UTC)

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