What doesn’t kill you will make you stronger. Nowhere is this more true than in the emerging massive deepwater reservoirs found throughout the world.  Salt-sediment interactions have a considerable impact on exploration risk, but they are also the key for the trapping mechanism.  The ability to image a prospect and assess the reserves also relies on that interface.

Here is a quick listing of seven deadly salt-sediment interactions that are also the secret to a highly productive reservoir.  Each of the items on the list requires special knowledge of techniques and workflows to integrate seismic, well logs, and pore pressure testing data.  Attend Selim Simon Shaker’s short course to find out why they are “deadly” and also why / how they are “must-have’s” for a great finding.

  1. Tricky supra and sub-salt trapping mechanisms
  2. Salt buoyancy combats sediment overburden
  3. Salt emplacement and displacements’ impacts on stress vectors rotations
  4. Variable unexpected pore-fracture pressure ramps
  5. “Dirty” salt’s troubles vs. “clean” salt’s goodness
  6. Overpressured gas gives way to oil-bearing reservoirs
  7. Avoiding the disappointing seismic attributes and anomalies

You’ll find out more if you attend Selim Shaker’s “The Impact of Salt – Sediment Interaction on Exploration Risk in Deep Water,” a two-day short course that will take place February 13 – 14, 2014 in Houston, and is a part of the Winter Education Conference.

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