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An integrated approach to Seismic interpretation that combines techniques of sequence stratigraphic analysis, seismic facies analysis and attribute analysis is one of the most effective approaches for hydrocarbon exploration in growth-faulted deltaic strata of offshore eastern Niger Delta. These strata are generally thick paralic/marine units deposited along an unstable progradational continental margin. Here, shale ridges, toe thrusts and diapirism are common features. Thus, system tracts along this margin differ significantly from those described for classic stable progradational continental margins. Development of good reservoir sands, on the shales of the upper transgressive systems tract form barriers which are good, particularly on the outer shelf where high stand systems tract sediments accumulate. Alternation of the high stand systems tract sands and transgressive systems tract shales provides a bridge linking reservoir facies with the shales or seals of TST which is essential for hydrocarbon accumulation and its stratigraphic trapping in the study field. This work has provided an analytical model for a detailed and cost-effective hydrocarbon prospecting through the use of sequence stratigraphic framework in tandem with seismic data interpretation.
Key words: Sequence stratigraphy, seismic facies, system tracts, offshore Eastern Niger Delta.
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