The Dolphin Field is located in the East Coast Marine Area, approximately 60km off Trinidad. It comprises a 5,000 feet succession of stacked, unconsolidated, Pleistocene shoreface-deltaic sandstones and mudstones lying within a three-way dip, fault closure. The field is complicated by poor seismic data due to gas attenuation, fault shadow effects, large velocity variations and noise in the overburden. As a result the use of seismic amplitudes for fluid determination is unreliable and fault interpretation problematic.

Despite over 15 years of production, 5 exploration wells and 13 development wells there remains a high level of subsurface uncertainty. Specific areas of uncertainties include: zones of poor correlation as a result of large-scale sediment deformation; the configuration and sealing properties of both structural and syn-sedimentary faults; the effects of thin-bedded deposits (forming over 50% of the Dolphin reservoir intervals) on reservoir pay and connectivity; and the absence of all but one proven Gas Water Contact (GWC).

Defining the range of these uncertainties has a key impact on the range of GIIP outcomes, the resultant development plan and subsequent reservoir management. This paper will discuss the challenges and impact of these uncertainties on the Dolphin Field. The uncertainties identified on Dolphin form the basis for uncertainty planning in the development of subsequent analogous greenfields also within the Greater Dolphin Area.

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