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Big Bend: Eastern Mississippi Canyon GOM Exploration Success Through Integrated G&G Technology

Ben Maxey¹ and Rafael Pinto²
¹Geologist, Noble Energy
²Geophysicist, Noble Energy


Big Bend is located in a salt withdrawal basin within the Mississippi Canyon protraction area of the Gulf of Mexico. The primary objective of the project is a Middle Miocene stratigraphic trap defined by allochthonous salt to the southwest, a fault graben to the northwest, and a shale filled mass transport deposit to the northeast. Strong southeast dip provided an amplitude conformance to structure.

Additional exploration discoveries in this mature basin are possible when an integrated, experienced, multidisciplinary team is working with the recent advances in 3-D WAZ seismic data acquisition and proprietary processing.

In this presentation, we will demonstrate how these data sets provide meaningful uplift to the imaging adjacent and under salt, the DHI interpretation as well as the velocities and pore pressure analysis, critical to the assessment of column height and top seal analyses.

AAPG Search and Discovery Article #90204 © AAPG Geoscience Technology Workshop, Stratigraphic Traps and Play Concepts in Deepwater Settings, May 14-15, 2014, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil