Morphostratigraphy: A new non-taxonomic biostratigraphical technique applied to a turbiditic deep-sea reservoir (Paleocene Maureen Formation, Fleming Field, UKCS)
Published:January 01, 2005
E. Monteil, 2005. "Morphostratigraphy: A new non-taxonomic biostratigraphical technique applied to a turbiditic deep-sea reservoir (Paleocene Maureen Formation, Fleming Field, UKCS)", Recent Developments in Applied Biostratigraphy, A. J. Powell, J. B. Riding
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This paper presents the results of a study that assesses a new non-taxonomic biostratigraphical technique as a tool for refining reservoir correlations. In this example from the Paleocene Maureen Formation, Fleming Field, UKCS, morphostratigraphy provides greater biostratigraphical resolution than a more conventional biozonation or bioevent approach and significantly improves reservoir correlation. As a result, a different reservoir sand connectivity model is proposed. This model explains production anomalies experienced in the field. The study also clearly demonstrates the applicability of morphostratigraphy to refine correlations within deep marine turbidite settings.
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Recent Developments in Applied Biostratigraphy
In recent years the application of biostratigraphy to hydrocarbon exploration and development has become increasingly important both scientifically and economically. The demand for higher stratigraphical resolution in field development studies has resulted in the utilization of new approaches. However, in under-explored areas with little reliable primary biostratigraphical data, conventional methods using relatively coarse biozonations still have relevance. The aim of this volume is to encourage an exchange of ideas and to seed new research initiatives particularly within integrated multidisciplinary teams. The papers are divided into four main themes which cover a broad range of modern applications of biostratigraphy. The first three themes are: UK North Sea field development; outcrop analogues; and international exploration and development. The final section discusses new methodologies, such as the application of correspondence analysis and multivariate correlation of wells, and palynological processing techniques applicable to the wellsite.