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Advantages of joint interpretation of P-P and P-SV seismic data in geothermal exploration

Wei Shuijian, Michael V. DeAngelo and Bob A. Hardage
Advantages of joint interpretation of P-P and P-SV seismic data in geothermal exploration (in Multicomponent seismic interpretation, Bob A. Hardage (prefacer), Michael V. DeAngelo (prefacer), Diana Sava (prefacer), Donald Wagner (prefacer), Paul Murray (prefacer), Charlotte Sullivan (prefacer), James Simmons (prefacer), Dan Ebrom (prefacer), Dan Roche (prefacer) and Ran Zhou (prefacer))
Interpretation (Tulsa) (May 2014) 2 (2): SE117-SE123


Conventional P-P seismic images of geothermal reservoirs are often of poor quality because P-P data tend to have a low signal-to-noise ratio across geothermal prospects. Fracture identification, fluid prediction, and imaging inside subsurface areas influenced by superheated fluids are some of the challenges facing the geothermal industry. We showed that multicomponent seismic technology is effective for addressing all of these challenges across geothermal reservoirs, even when P-P data are of low quality. Although multicomponent seismic technology has advantages in geothermal exploration, there are not many published examples of multicomponent seismic data being used to characterize geothermal reservoirs. We evaluated data examples that illustrate advantages of multicomponent seismic technology for imaging within and below zones having superheated fluids, estimating fracture attributes, analyzing reservoir trapping structures, differentiating lithologies, and predicting spatial distributions of pore fluids. All examples we tested are from the Wister geothermal field in Southern California.

ISSN: 2324-8858
EISSN: 2324-8866
Serial Title: Interpretation (Tulsa)
Serial Volume: 2
Serial Issue: 2
Title: Advantages of joint interpretation of P-P and P-SV seismic data in geothermal exploration
Title: Multicomponent seismic interpretation
Author(s): Wei ShuijianDeAngelo, Michael V.Hardage, Bob A.
Author(s): Hardage, Bob A.prefacer
Author(s): DeAngelo, Michael V.prefacer
Author(s): Sava, Dianaprefacer
Author(s): Wagner, Donaldprefacer
Author(s): Murray, Paulprefacer
Author(s): Sullivan, Charlotteprefacer
Author(s): Simmons, Jamesprefacer
Author(s): Ebrom, Danprefacer
Author(s): Roche, Danprefacer
Author(s): Zhou, Ranprefacer
Affiliation: Sinopec Petroleum Exploration and Production Research Institute, Beijing, China
Affiliation: Bureau of Economic Geology, Austin, TX, United States
Pages: SE117-SE123
Published: 201405
Text Language: English
Publisher: Society of Exploration Geophysicists, Tulsa, OK, United States
References: 11
Accession Number: 2015-006984
Categories: Economic geology, geology of energy sourcesApplied geophysics
Document Type: Serial
Bibliographic Level: Analytic
Illustration Description: illus. incl. sects., sketch maps
Secondary Affiliation: PGS Americas, USA, United StatesPacific Northwest National Laboratory, USA, United StatesION, USA, United StatesStatoil, USA, United StatesCimarex, USA, United StatesHalliburton, USA, United StatesBureau of Economic Geology, USA, United States
Country of Publication: United States
Secondary Affiliation: GeoRef, Copyright 2017, American Geosciences Institute. Reference includes data from GeoScienceWorld, Alexandria, VA, United States. Reference includes data supplied by Society of Exploration Geophysicists, Tulsa, OK, United States
Update Code: 201504
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