Complementing coal seam gas facies modelling workflows with decompaction based processes

Shields, D., Zhou, F., Buchannan, A. and Esterle, J. (2017) Complementing coal seam gas facies modelling workflows with decompaction based processes. Marine and Petroleum Geology, 88 155-169. doi:10.1016/j.marpetgeo.2017.08.007

Author Shields, D.
Zhou, F.
Buchannan, A.
Esterle, J.
Title Complementing coal seam gas facies modelling workflows with decompaction based processes
Journal name Marine and Petroleum Geology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0264-8172
Publication date 2017-12-01
Year available 2017
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.marpetgeo.2017.08.007
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 88
Start page 155
End page 169
Total pages 15
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Elsevier
Language eng
Abstract Differential compaction plays a key role in influencing the palaeogeographic organisation of many depositional systems. In the Jurassic Walloon Subgroup, Surat Basin, Eastern Australia, the process of compensational stacking contributes significantly to the complex coal layer architecture and is documented in mine exposure, borehole and seismic datasets. Despite this understanding, current best-practices do not formally consider the mechanics of compensational stacking when populating palaeogeography facies in coal seam gas (CSG) reservoir models. To address this limitation, a hybrid modelling workflow was developed in which numerical rules representing the process of differential compaction are used explicitly to condition an iterative workflow containing traditional geostatistical fades modelling algorithms. The workflow is facilitated by a newly developed open source plugin which allows grid decompaction in Schlumberger PETRELTM 2015. Application of the workflow was tested in a CSG production area containing closely spaced wellbores and a 3D seismic survey. In this area, facies models were constructed using both traditional geostatistical approaches and the newly developed hybrid methodology. Comparison of these models suggests that facies models constructed via unconstrained geostatistical approaches often result in unrepresentative realisations, inconsistent with coal seam architectures as observed in seismic and outcrop. The hybrid geostatistical-forward modelling approach developed during this study was better able to reproduce complex alluvial stacking patterns, particularly with respect to coal seam amalgamation, bifurcation and washout. (C) 2017 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Keyword Coal seam gas
Compensational stacking
Decompaction modelling
Hybrid geostatistical-forward modelling
Reservoir models
Walloon subgroup
Q-Index Code C1
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Institutional Status UQ

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