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GCAGS Transactions


Gulf Coast Association of Geological Societies Transactions
Vol. 50 (2000), Pages 697-697

Abstract: Exploration Potential in the Miocene Trend of South Louisiana

Fangjian "Jack" Xue, Kim Hemsley


Recent new discoveries and significant reserve additions to existing onshore South Louisiana fields confirm that this prolific area still has significant exploration potential. Applications of new technologies have resulted in more-targeted exploratory strategies and systematic identification of the opportunities in the Miocene formations of the Gulf Coast Basin. Integration of a regional sequence stratigraphic framework with new high quality 3D seismic data can reveal great potential in both the shallow conventional plays and the deep frontier zones.

The shallow sections (7,000 to 15,000 ft/2100 to 4600 m), which have been intensely drilled, still contain a significant number of untested nonstructural traps revealed by new seismic data. A high percentage of these traps are characterized as seismic anomalies. The identification and delineation of these shallow targets depends on seismic attribute analysis to reveal these subtle stratigraphic traps. Characterization of the traps is greatly enhanced by the application of 3-D visualization techniques to identify the attribute anomaly variations in space.

The deep section (below 15,000 ft/4600 m) is relatively undrilled with several thousand feet of unexploited section underlying the productive zones. Recent deep discoveries confirm that application of new technologies can yield significant reserves from these deep targets. High-resolution seismic data reveals that salt movement and associated growth faulting have created numerous structural traps in the deep Miocene section. When associated with accumulations of sand-rich lowstand facies, these deep structural traps offer the greatest remaining potential in South Louisiana.

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Acknowledgments and Associated Footnotes

Holditch-Reservoir Technologies, Schlumberger, Houston, Texas

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