Practical Analysis of Strike-Slip Faults Using Multi Attributes 3D Seismic Data: A Case Study in Eastern Colombia

Pico, Antonio (Pacific Rubiales Energy) | Aboud, Jesús (Pacific Rubiales Energy) | Parraga, Felipe (Pacific Rubiales Energy) | Martinez, Jose Antonio (Pacific Rubiales Energy) | Lopez, Gonzalo (Pacific Rubiales Energy)



The central region of the Llanos Basin in Colombia has been characterized by an extensional structural style, where the overall fault pattern consists of normal faults oriented approximately N30°E, dipping East. The structures of the oil fields in Casanare Province have been defined by this type of faults. In this work we establish, for the Casanare Province, the existence of compartmentalized structures formed by the junction between N60° E en-échelon faults and N30E normal faults. In this interpretation, en-échelon faults and folds play a major role in oil accumulations. 3D seismic multi attributes, including volume curvature, coherency and ant tracking, were used to reduce the uncertainties associated with the seismic and well data in order to improve geological constraints, in folds, faults and associated fracture zones. As a result, a new strike-slip fault pattern was interpreted, consistent with a wrench zone, as proposed by Wilcox, et al (1973).