Delft Inversion and the quantitative imaging group of TUDelft have received funding from TKI-gas (www.tki-gas.nl) for their project VEGAS. The goal of this project is to develop innovative seismic-based imaging tools for reducing the exploration risks associated with developing marginal gas fields in the North Sea. Dr Eric Verschuur, leader of the project says:
” Because nowadays there is a lot of pressure to reduce gas production in our Groningen field, we need a shift towards producing other existing, smaller gas fields in the North Sea. […] Gas plays an important role in the Dutch economy, however, the large fields have already been put to production. Many smaller off-shore gas fields are discovered, but not yet proven to be economically feasible. […] The VEGAS project involves the development of enhanced imaging techniques that makes use of all complex elastic wavefield scattering in the overburden area as well as the reservoir area in order to get high-resolution images form vintage measurements.”
The project is expected to run for two years.