A-05 IMAGING THE UNIMAGINABLE S.J. KAPOOR C. LIU and S. TRARES WesternGeco 10001 Richmond Avenue Houston TX 77042 USA 1 Summary 3-D prestack depth imaging will become the standard seismic exploration tool used by oil and gas companies exploring for hydrocarbons. Recent successes such as the Crazy Horse and Mad Dog prospects in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico are increasing exploration activity. The complex geological structures the presence of allochthonous salt and wells costing 50 million dollars or more are common. Balancing exploration potential risk and return is key to a successful exploration program in the deepwater. Risk can be


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