Determining Infracambrian Hormuz Salt and Basement Structures Offshore Abu Dhabi by Joint Analysis of Gravity and Magnetic Anomalies
- Hojjat Kabirzadeh (University of Calgary) | Mohammed Y. Ali (Khalifa University of Science and Technology) | Gyoo Ho Lee (Korea Gas Corporation) | Jeong Woo Kim (University of Calgary)
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- SPE Reservoir Evaluation & Engineering
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- September 2020
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- 2020.Society of Petroleum Engineers
- nonlinear inverse modelling, magnetics, infra-cambrian salt, gravity, depth-to-basement
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Hydrocarbon fields that are located offshore Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE), are known to be associated with undulating thick sedimentary sequences. These undulations are mostly influenced by variations in the depth of Infracambrian Hormuz salts that generate negative gravity anomalies. Nonetheless, a few known oil fields are uncorrelated with the airborne gravity observations. This is attributed to the interference from large positive gravity anomalies from basement highs. To filter out the effect of basement, we calculate the pseudogravity effect of the airborne magnetic anomalies and subtract it from the gravity anomalies. The resultant gravity anomalies mainly represent the effect of the salt domes. The results uncover deep salt structures and introduce potential traps for hydrocarbons that have proved difficult to map accurately with current seismic techniques. A nonlinear 3D inversion modeling of corrected magnetic and decreased gravity data is also used to determine the depth to basement and the Infracambrian Hormuz salts over two regions. Our findings demonstrate that the depth to basement in these regions changes from 7100 to 9700 m, and the depth to Infracambrian Hormuz salt changes from 5800 to 9400 m, with a variable thickness with a maximum of 2700 m.
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