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Geophysical direct hydrocarbon indicators are the holy grail of exploration. Explorers have become increasingly reliant on seismic attributes and other geophysical techniques such as EM to define and de-risk prospects. But do they actually work? This report analyses success rates for offshore wells with company-reported direct hydrocarbon indicators, and compares these to average success rates to assess the effectiveness of different types of geophysical support.

Report Structure:

  • Analysis of company reported DHI well performance.
  • Key completed company reported DHI well summary and analysis.
  • Key upcoming company reported DHI wells summary and analysis.
  • Table of wells included in this study.


Key Findings:

  • Prospects with reported ‘Amplitude Conformance’ and ‘Flat Spot’ DHIs had a higher than average technical and commercial success rate.
  • Prospects with reported ‘Amplitude Only’ and ‘Positive AVO’ DHIs both exhibit lower than average success rates across all play maturities.
  • The advantage of well calibration afforded in mature plays with a high well density is not apparent in the analysis.


A number of wells from the Wildcat database have been selected to highlight successful and unsuccessful company reported DHI wells. Although 2017 drilling activity is forecast to remain relatively low, Westwood has highlighted some planned wells with reported geophysical attribute support as key wells to watch.

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