OHM Group of Aberdeen has decided to embark on a three-year joint industry project to investigate “Well Integration with Seismic and Electromagnetics” (WISE).
Orchestrated by the ITF (Industry Technology Facilitator), the goal of the project, sponsored by a consortium of oil companies and the OHM Group, is to develop new and innovative methods of jointly integrating and interpreting seismic, controlled source electromagnetic (CSEM) and well log data – the ultimate objective being to provide improved maps of reservoir properties, such as hydrocarbon saturation, across a field. Investigations will include establishing the optimum algorithm for re-mapping CSEM results into the higher-resolution seismic data and developing a joint inversion methodology for seismic and CSEM data. This ground-breaking research will further assist the industry to exploit the combined strengths of each of these valuable data types, allowing application to both existing and newly acquired data.
Ultimately, the outcomes of the project aim to help further reduce exploration risk and uncertainty in reservoir production – enabling oil producers to maximise production and increase recoverable reserves. Oil companies are signing up to WISE, including Total, Chevron and DONG Energy, along with the UK’s Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (BERR).