Integrated Fracture Characterization of Thamama Reservoirs in Abu Dhabi Oil Field, United Arab Emirates

Mohammed Y. Ali, Fateh Bouchaala, Youcef Bouzidi, Eric M. Takam Takougang, Aala A.I. Mohamed, Akmal Sultan

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Volumetric maximum curvature attribute computed from 3D ocean bottom cable (OBC) seismic data, production logging tool (PLT), inorganic chemical tracer data, and fractures observed from core and full-bore formation microimager (FMI) logs were integrated to characterize fractured carbonate reservoirs of an offshore oil field in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE). The extracted maximum curvature anomalies are predominantly orientated in NNE-SSW and NE-SW, a trend perpendicular to the dominant fault direction in the oil field and similar to the dominant strike directions of fractures measured from core data and FMI logs. Because the fracture strike directions of well data mimic the strike directions of curvature anomalies at corresponding reservoir levels, we interpreted the maximum curvature anomalies to represent dilatational fractured zones or fracture corridors. Integration of dynamic data, such as PLT and chemical tracers, and maximum curvature anomalies demonstrate that the inferred fracture zones can determine water breakthroughs as well as inter- and intrareservoir communications. As a result, this study highlights possible fracture zones and their internal architecture, as well as their potential flow capabilities. These results play a key role in reservoir management and monitoring of water movement through structural pathways.

Original languageBritish English
Pages (from-to)708-720
Number of pages13
JournalSPE Reservoir Evaluation and Engineering
Issue number4
StatePublished - Nov 2021


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