Leaking faults can bleed a trap dry
Faults can create empty reservoirs & empty compartments within a producing field
Fault dependent spill points can limit hydrocarbon columns to less than expected. In addition, column heights are limited by gouge composition, fault displacement, and structural style.
Faults control the degree of communication between fault compartments
Sealing faults can keep a trap from being charged
Faults can channel migrating hydrocarbons away from your prospect
Faults can restrict hydrocarbons to only a few of the many potential reservoir intervals
Purely fault dependent traps with no structurally independent closure are common AND they're more common in some areas than others
Hydrocarbons may be trapped along faults down-dip of dry holes
|Hydrocarbons may be trapped along faults down-dip of known accumulations & they may be larger columns|
Are you giving away reserves in a highly fault-compartmentalized field?
A fault that is partially sealing may trap residual reserves that remain after hydrocarbons are produced from the leaking segments.
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