Hawie, N. (Beicip-Franlab) | Dubille, M. (Beicip-Franlab) | Guyomar, N. (Beicip-Franlab) | Maury, G. (Beicip-Franlab) | Thomas, V. (Beicip-Franlab) | Vidal, O. (Beicip-Franlab) | Carayon, V. (Beicip-Franlab) | Cuilhe, L. (Beicip-Franlab) | Al-Sahlan, G. (Kuwait Oil Company) | Al-Ali, S. (Kuwait Oil Company) | Al-Khamis, A. (Kuwait Oil Company) | Dawwas Al-Ajmi, M. (Kuwait Oil Company)
Hydrocarbon exploration along the Arabian Peninsula is almost celebrating a century of successes. Major structures were drilled and hundreds of billions of barrels consequently discovered and still producing at increasing rates. Remarkable multi-scale and multi-disciplinary dataset (e.g., 2D, 3D seismic data, core and well log data and imagery…) have been acquired in the past decades allowing geoscientists to better assess the diverse onshore and offshore Petroleum Systems’ potential. Many challenges linked to the exploration of new hydrocarbon resources in such Mature Basins are driving innovative ideas towards the identification, the assessment and the de-risking of new subtle Plays. "Integration" remains a key problematic that needs to be tackled in order to answer properly to how much resources are still left unexplored. Thus, multi-disciplinary expertise, multi-scale dataset combination should be supported by recent technological advances in data acquisition and processing (e.g., 3D Seismic inversion and characterization) as well as by integrated modelling approaches (e.g., 4D Forward Stratigraphic and Basin Modelling).
This paper discusses the results of an innovative methodology developed to assess the exploration potential of the Lower Cretaceous along a wide sector of the mature Eastern Arabian Plate that extends over more than 35 000 km2 (Onshore and Offshore Kuwait).
As major structural features have already been drilled, a focus is set on the detection of subtle stratigraphic trapping mechanisms using multi-disciplinary and multi-scale sedimentological, stratigraphic, petrophysical and geophysical techniques. Seismic stratigraphy study based on reflectors configuration and internal geometry analysis has enabled the delineation of geobodies, i.e. reservoir/seal pairs and proposed conceptual models associated to the presence of subtle traps. A regional
This innovative and integrated workflow applied in mature sectors of the Arabian Plate sets new grounds for the generation of regional Play Fairway Maps, Common Risk Maps for the different Petroleum systems elements (reservoir, seal, trap and charge) as well as Composite Common Risk Maps. These tasks are aimed at assessing the overall risk associated to Plays and thus contribute to the identification of new exploration Lead Areas to be further de-risked in the near future.