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Abstract

In a reservoir, faults at the limit of the seismic resolution can be crucial to explain production history and to optimize field development. However, in most cases the detail required to describe such subtle features depends on the assistance of seismic attributes and semi-automated interpretation techniques. We generated a detailed description of the fault network in the South Arne Chalk Group using a workflow based on a globally consistent computation of the seismic dip. This led to more accurate seismic edge attributes than gained with standard dip estimation techniques. We analysed each fault set and qualitatively assessed its control on fluid flow. Our investigation suggests that the two fracture sets that influence production developed along the same WNW–ESE structural trend and cannot be separated based on the seismic data alone. These faults were active both during and post Chalk deposition. We observe ENE–WSW lineaments that match the pattern of a time-lapse seismic amplitude anomaly associated with water injection. It remains to be verified whether these lineaments could be an extension of overburden faults, as well as whether the increased intensity of the fault network as seen on the 2005 v. the 1995 3D seismic survey was caused by production effects.

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