Stratigraphic and Unconformity Traps in the Niger Delta
Published:January 01, 1982
Although hydrocarbons are dominantly trapped by rollover anticlines and fault closures in the Niger delta, some stratigraphic traps have also been recognized. Three types of stratigraphic accumulations are recognized in the Niger delta: (1) crestal accumulations below mature erosion surfaces; (2) canyon-fill accumulations above unconformity surfaces; and (3) facies change traps.
Several important oil discoveries in offshore southeastern Nigeria are associated with crestal accumulations below erosional surfaces. In addition, canyon-fill accumulations have been observed in offshore southeastern Nigeria within the Qua Iboe Shale. Recent discoveries have also shown accumulations within the Opuama channel fill in the western flank of the Niger delta. Facies-change traps have also been observed in the central portion of the Niger delta. All the various stratigraphic traps observed in the Niger delta were identified by interpretation of seismic data.
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The Deliberate Search for the Subtle Trap
The papers included in this volume reflect both the geological and geophysical rationale used in searching for the subtle trap. The scope of the papers ranges from the general appraisal papers of new concepts and methods, to those relating to specific fields in the United States, Nigeria, China, Australia, Canada, Oman, offshore Spain, and the North Sea. The 21 chapters are sourced from a 1981 AAPG Annual Meeting session, dedicated to providing explorationists with the information needed to search for and discover the stratigraphic, paleogeomorphic, and unconformity-oriented subtle-trap accumulations of oil and gas.