In the mature oil and gas fields offshore Abu Dhabi, reservoir properties required for static and dynamic models are relatively well-defined by a number of wells. On the other hand, seismic data are considered as a fundamental and primary source to determine and optimize well placements. Azimuthal velocity analysis using wide-azimuth 3D-2C OBC seismic data is performed on different formations where several drilling issues arose mainly due to two dominant tectonic forces in the region. The results reveal different magnitude and orientation of azimuthal anisotropy from overburden to reservoir level. Available FMI and DSI logs confirm consistency between seismic and borehole-driven azimuthal anisotropy. The analysis results are also in agreement with the regional geology and tectonic history. Azimuthal anisotropy analysis generally provides two types of information such as the orientation of anisotropy and the amount of anisotropy. The amount of anisotropy can be simply quantified while the information obtained from the azimuth data has some complexity as it is a periodic function. In this respect, a statistical model of the bipolar von Mises distribution is proposed to determine the preferred orientation of azimuthal anisotropy. The model also provides the concentration parameter that can quantify the degree of preferred dimensional orientation of azimuth data. Additionally, we show utilization of the azimuthal anisotropy analysis particularly on a non-fracture layer and its benefit to field development by the analysis of spatially varying mud weight prediction.


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