Understanding Seismic Anisotropy in Hunt Well of Fort McMurray, Canada

Tuesday, 16 December 2014: 3:25 PM
Reza Malehmir1, Douglas R Schmitt1 and Judith Chan2, (1)University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB, Canada, (2)University of Alberta, Calgary, AB, Canada
Seismic imaging plays vital role in geothermal systems as a sustainable energy resource. In this paper, we acquired and processed zero-offset and walk-away VSP and logging as well as surface seismic in Athabasca oil sand area, Alberta. Seismic data were highly processed to make better image geothermal system. Through data processing, properties of natural fractures such as orientation and width were studied and high probable permeable zones were mapped along the deep drilled to the depth of 2363m deep into crystalline basement rocks. In addition to logging data, seismic data were processed to build a reliable image of underground. Velocity analysis in high resolution multi-component walk-away VSP informed us about the elastic anisotropy in place. Study of the natural and induced fracture as well as elastic anisotropy in the seismic data, led us to better map stress regime around the well bore. The seismic image and map of fractures optimizes enhanced geothermal stages through hydraulic stimulation.

Keywords: geothermal, anisotropy, VSP, logging, Hunt well, seismic