Application of model-based inversion technique in a field in the coastal swamp depobelt, Niger delta
International Journal of Advanced Geosciences
Considering the heterogeneity of the reservoir sands in the Niger Delta basin which are primary causes of low hydrocarbon recovery efficiency, poor sweep, early breakthrough and pockets of bypassed oil there arises a need for in-depth quantitative interpretation and more analysis to be done on seismic data to achieve a reliable reservoir characterization to improve recovery, plan future development wells within field and achieve deeper prospecting for depths not penetrated by the wells and
... far away from well locations. An effective tool towards de-risking prospects is seismic inversion which transforms a seismic reflection data to a quantitative rock-property description of a reservoir. The choice of model-based inversion in this study was due to well control, again considering the heterogeneity of the sands in the field. X-26, X-30, and X-32 were used to generate an initial impedance log which is used to update the estimated reflectivity from which we would obtain our inverted volumes. Acoustic impedance volumes were generated and observations made were consistent with depth trends established for the Niger Delta basin, inverted slices of Poisson impedances validated the expected responses considering the effect of compaction. This justifies the use of inversion method in further characterizing the plays identified in the region.