Stress state measured at ~7 km depth in the Tarim Basin, NW China.

Sci Rep 2017 07 3;7(1):4503. Epub 2017 Jul 3.

Tarim Oil-field Company, PetroChina, Korla, Xinjiang, 841000, China.

The in-situ stress state in the Tarim Basin, Northwest China, down to 7 km depth is constrained using the anelastic strain recovery (ASR) method and wellbore failure analysis. Results are consistent between the two methods, and indicate that the maximum principal stresses (σ) are close to vertical and the intermediate and minimum principal stresses (σ and σ) are approximately horizontal. The states of stress at the studied wellbore is in the normal faulting stress regime within the Tarim Basin rather than in the compressional tectonic stress regime as in the periphery of the Tarim Basin, which explains the presence of the normal faults interpreted in 3-D seismic profiles collected from adjacent areas. Our results demonstrate that the ASR method can be used for rocks recovered from depths as deep as 7 km to recover reliable stress state information. The in-situ stress measurement results revealed in this paper will help future development of the petroleum resources and kinematics study in the Tarim Basin.

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