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Compaction and Subsidence 

Compaction and Subsidence
Publication: Oilfield Review
Volume: 18
Issue: 3
Publication Date: 10/01/2006

Formation compaction not only provides drive pressure to produce hydrocarbons, but also can create problems in the formation and at wells in both the producing and overlying formations. At the surface, subsidence can lead to flooding in low-lying areas and platform safety problems offshore. This article examines practices to monitor and control compaction and subsidence and mitigate various effects in fields in the North Sea, The Netherlands and the Gulf of Mexico.



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