The influence of volcanic rocks on the characterization of Rosebank Field – new insights from ocean-bottom seismic data and geological analogues integrated through interpretation and modelling
S. Poppitt, L. J. Duncan, B. Preu, F. Fazzari, J. Archer, 2018. "The influence of volcanic rocks on the characterization of Rosebank Field – new insights from ocean-bottom seismic data and geological analogues integrated through interpretation and modelling", Petroleum Geology of NW Europe: 50 Years of Learning – Proceedings of the 8th Petroleum Geology Conference, M. Bowman, B. Levell
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During Late Paleocene–Early Eocene times, the modern Rosebank structure was located at the juxtaposition of the easterly advancing Flett volcanic system and the northerly prograding Flett delta. As a result, the Rosebank reservoir sandstones are interstratified with volcanic and volcaniclastic rocks, offering challenges for reservoir imaging, depth prediction and reservoir characterization. These challenges have driven the application of Ocean Bottom Node (OBN) seismic technology. OBN data have yielded improved velocity models for depth conversion, better reservoir definition and key insights to aid the modelling of sand distribution from seismic attributes. Spectral decomposition of the OBN seismic data has facilitated the extraction of distinct volcanic subunits, whilst spectral enhancement has enabled visualization of complex stacking patterns within individual igneous layers. To complement the seismic analysis, detailed geological analogue studies have been undertaken in volcanic provinces such as the Palaeogene volcanic district of SE Greenland and the Columbia River Flood Basalt Province, USA. No single outcrop provides a definitive analogy to Rosebank, but each offers insights that provide an important link to understanding and managing the main subsurface uncertainties associated with field development. Integration of these multiple workflows have improved the reservoir characterization and provided the foundation for the optimization of the field development plan.