The Penn West CO 2 injection project: time-lapse monitoring with walkaway VSPs

Marcia L. Couëslan, Don C. Lawton and Michael Jones


At the Penn West CO 2 pilot project, 100 km southwest of Edmonton, Alberta, CO 2 is being injected into the Cardium Formation at a depth of 1620 m in the Pembina Oil Field for enhanced recovery and carbon sequestration purposes. The reservoir is being monitored using simultaneously acquired time-lapse multicomponent surface and borehole seismic surveys. Together, these provide lateral coverage of the survey area as well as high-resolution images near the observation well. The baseline survey was acquired in March 2005 prior to CO 2 injection. Both the P-wave and Sv-wave VSP images show excellent ties with the P-wave surface seismic data and have higher frequency bandwidth and resolution. The migrated images cover a 100 m radius of the reservoir around the observation well. The first monitor survey was acquired in December 2005 after eight months of CO 2 injection. Comparisons between the baseline and monitor borehole seismic surveys show an increase in reflectivity at the reservoir, and crosscorrelations show a time shift of 0.2 ms at the base of the reservoir on one of the walkaway lines. The baseline and monitor surveys also have nearly identical amplitude and phase spectra up to 80 Hz.

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