Seismic analysis of fault damage zones in the northern Tarim Basin (NW China): Implications for growth of ultra-deep fractured reservoirs

Chong Sun, Fuxiao Shen, Zhang Wen, Yintao Zhang, Nicola Scarselli, Shiyin Li, Youliang Yu, Guanghui Wu

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Understanding fault damage zone is of significant importance for the characterization and modeling of ultra-deep (greater than 6000 m) fractured reservoirs. However, seismic detection of fracture networks in deep fault zone it is still challenging. For this contribution, we propose a seismic Tensor Thickness Method for optimal imaging of the ultra- strike-slip fault damage zones in the Tarim Basin. The results show reasonable distinction through seismic methods of boundary of fault damage zones in carbonate host rock that is consistent with the fractured reservoirs constrained from borehole data. In addition, this study suggests that fault damage zones in ultra deep settings exhibit width ranging 100–800 m, with a linear correlation between fault damage zone width and throw. Isolated fault zones are characterized with linear relationship between the width and displacement of the strike-slip fault zones, but the abnormally wide fault damage zone is likely attributed to fault interaction and overlapping. The results of this work are applicable for fractured reservoir characterization in deep and tight carbonate rocks elsewhere.
Original languageEnglish
Article number105778
JournalJournal of Asian Earth Sciences
Early online date26 Jun 2023
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2023


  • Carbonate
  • Fault damage zone
  • Tensor Thickness
  • Width
  • Fractured reservoir
  • Tarim Basin

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