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Reconciling the Long‐Term Relationship Between Reservoir Pore Pressure Depletion and Compaction in the Groningen Region

Smith, Jonathan D. and Avouac, Jean‐Philippe and White, Robert S. and Copley, Alex and Gualandi, Adriano and Bourne, Stephen (2019) Reconciling the Long‐Term Relationship Between Reservoir Pore Pressure Depletion and Compaction in the Groningen Region. Journal of Geophysical Research. Solid Earth, 124 (6). pp. 6165-6178. ISSN 2169-9313. doi:10.1029/2018jb016801.

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The Groningen gas reservoir, situated in the northeast of the Netherlands is western Europe's largest gas reservoir. Due to gas production measurable subsidence and seismicity has been detected across this region, attributed to the deformations induced by reservoir pore pressure depletion. We investigate the surface displacement history using a principal component analysis-based inversion method to combine a diverse set of optical leveling, interferometric synthetic aperture radar, and Global Positioning System data to better constrain reservoir compaction and subsidence history. The generated compaction model is then used in combination with prior pressure depletion models to determine a reservoir uniaxial compressibility. The best fitting model of uniaxial compressibility is time independent but spatially variable. The absence of evidence for any significant time delay between changes in depletion and compaction rates supports an instantaneous poroelastic reservoir response. The absence of nonlinear yielding at the largest compaction strains suggests that anelastic deformations are a minor part of reservoir compaction.

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Smith, Jonathan D.0000-0002-1684-1344
Avouac, Jean‐Philippe0000-0002-3060-8442
White, Robert S.0000-0002-2972-397X
Copley, Alex0000-0003-0362-0494
Gualandi, Adriano0000-0002-3100-8932
Bourne, Stephen0000-0003-2925-8411
Additional Information:J. S. is supported is supported by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC; Grant RG81432; Geomechanical Properties of the Groningen Reservoir) with CASE support from Shell Global Solutions International B.V. The data for this paper can be found in the supporting information. Waveform data were provided by Koninkljjk Nederlands Meteorologisch Instituut ( We gratefully acknowledge data and support from Nederlandse Aardoli Maatschappij (Jan Van Elk, Gini Ketellar, and Dirk Doornhof) and Shell Global Solutions (Stijn Bierman, Steve Oates, Rick Wentinck, Xander Campman, Alexander Droujinine, and Chris Harris). We thank T. Hudson, T. Winder, C. Bacon, T. Agustsdottir, O. Vonk, and N. Bloem for their help. University of Cambridge Earth Sciences contribution number esc.4395.
Group:Center for Geomechanics and Mitigation of Geohazards (GMG), Division of Geological and Planetary Sciences, Seismological Laboratory
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Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)RG81432
Shell Global Solutions InternationalUNSPECIFIED
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Deposited By: Tony Diaz
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