TGS to enhance Permian exploration with new West Kermit 3D seismic data

June 18, 2024

(WO) – TGS announced the release of the Dynamic Matching FWI (DM FWI) volume for West Kermit 3D in the Delaware basin, part of the greater Permian basin. The final new data volumes include time reprocessing and a fully integrated depth model, featuring diving wave and reflection DM FWI.

West Kermit 3D Final Reflection DM-FWI velocity model overlaid on seismic. Note strong geologic and sonic conformance, as well as shallow detail within the chaotic dissolution zone to the right-hand side.

The West Kermit 3D seismic survey spans 1,054 square kilometers across Loving and Winkler Counties, Texas, and aids in evaluating and developing prolific multi-target Delaware Basin acreage. The FWI product enhances the structural image of the main reservoir zones, the Wolfcamp and Bone Spring intervals.

Utilizing TGS’ advanced land seismic imaging technology, processing resolves significant subsurface structural complexities, provides accurate imaging below the problematic dissolution fill zone and interpretation of the revised Rustler and Salado horizons.

The enhanced image now shows visible depositional transitions from the Capitan Reef to the basin clastic deposits of the Delaware Mountain Group. Supported by TGS' extensive geological database, which includes data from over 425,000 wells and various interpretive products in the Permian basin, this survey offers a comprehensive resource for exploration and development.

David Hajovsky, Executive Vice President of Multi Client at TGS said, "By upgrading these datasets with the latest seismic imaging technologies, TGS greatly increases their value to the exploration industry. These new volumes from our Onshore Processing Team’s efforts on West Kermit 3D mark an important milestone in TGS' onshore strategy and provides a platform for future growth in this prolific area.”

“When combined with our geological database and interpretive products, we are well positioned to enhance subsurface insight and decision-making for exploration and development efforts in the Permian basin.”

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