The Poza Rica
Field, discovered in 1930, is the world's largest deepwater carbonate
hydrocarbon accumulation. Our two-phase project for PEMEX Exploración
y Producción (PEP) will provide a state-of-the-art 3-D reservoir
characterization model for giant Poza Rica field in the offshore
Gulf of Mexico. Phase 1, begun in 2002, included data preparation,
stratigraphic framework analysis, and initial petrophysical analysis.
Phase 2 (2003) will include in-field stratigraphic and structural
Giant Poza Rica
field produces from carbonate turbidites and debris flows shed from
the adjacent Tuxpan Platform (Golden Lane field). To date, extensive
sedimentological and petrophysical studies have been carried out
on the field, but an integrated study comprising detailed sedimentologic
descriptions of core material through core-, log-, and seismic-based
sequence stratigraphic analysis through 3-D property modeling and
upscaling has not been undertaken. This project will incorporate
the Bureau's special talents in carbonate sequence stratigraphy,
reservoir characterization, and 3-D modeling, which will allow this
comprehensive study to be undertaken by a single, integrated group.
The researchers will apply the latest sequence stratigraphic and
seismic facies techniques to define the distribution of flow units
within this giant, complex reservoir.