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Integration of 3D seismic attributes for preliminary shallow geohazard identification in deep water exploration area with no well dataNormal access

Authors: Sigit Sukmono, Vladimir Machado, Ria Adelina and Donasita Ambarsari
Journal name: First Break
Issue: Vol 35, No 8, August 2017 pp. 91 - 97
Language: English
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Drilling in the deep water is very challenging as the safety of drilling rigs and other installations could be threatened by the presence of shallow geohazards. These hazards are a global problem, and while the industry has matured in handling these problems, significant losses owing to the improper assessment of the geohazards prior to drilling have been widely reported (Campbell, 1999). In the Gulf of Mexico (GoM) alone, it was estimated that the associated losses continue to be more than $1.7 million per well (Dutta et al., 2010). ISO 17776 defines a hazard as a ‘potential source of harm’, thus shallow geohazards in the context of offshore drilling activities can be defined as local and/or regional shallow geological features having potential to cause loss of life or damage to health, environment or assets. The geohazards characteristics vary from place to place depending on the regional geology, tectonic history and sedimentation pattern. The US Department of Interior classify the hazards into two categories: 1. Sea-floor geohazards which include fault scarps, gas vents, hydrate mounds, unstable slopes, slumping, active mud gullies, crown cracks, collapse depressions, furrows, sink-holes, mass sediments movements, surface channels, pinnacles and reefs. 2. Subsurface geohazards include faults, gas-charged sediments, abnormal pressure zones, gas hydrates, shallow water-flow sands and buried channel.

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