The high costs associated with production in deepwater have led to increased business support for acquisition and processing of high-quality seismic for field development. The relatively thin, stacked reservoirs discovered at Holstein Field, which contain significant recoverable hydrocarbon volumes (350 million boe), posed a challenge for development planning.

In this article we review our experience with acquiring and processing a high-density seismic survey to improve understanding of these reservoirs and optimize well placement. We discuss the challenges and lessons learned through the full cycle of the project focusing on issues related to planning and acquiring a high-resolution development survey that...

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