Africa (Sub-Sahara) Algeria awarded four of 31 oil and gas field blocks on offer to foreign consortiums in its first auction since 2011. Shell and Repsol won permits for the Boughezoul area in the north of the country, while Shell and Statoil won permits for the Timissit area in the east. A consortium of Enel and Dragon Oil was awarded permits for both the Tinrhert and the Msari Akabli areas. Circle Oil's CGD-12 well, located onshore Morocco in the Sebou permit, encountered natural gas at different levels within the Guebbas and Hoot sands. Wireline logging analysis confirmed a net 9.7 m of pay. The first test, over the Intra Hoot sands, flowed gas at a sustained rate of 2.21 MMscf/D through an 18/64‑in. The primary target, the Main Hoot sands, flowed at a sustained rate of 4.62 MMscf/D through a 24/64-in.
Africa (Sub-Sahara) ExxonMobil subsidiary Esso Exploration Angola has started oil production at the Kizomba Satellites Phase 2 project offshore Angola. The project involves the development of subsea infrastructure for the Kakocha, Bavuca, and Mondo South fields. Mondo South is the first field to begin production, and the other two satellite fields will follow later this year. The goal is to increase Block 15's production to 350,000 BOPD. Esso (40%) is the operator with BP Exploration Angola (26.67%), Kosmos Energy discovered gas at the Tortue West prospect in Block C-8 offshore Mauritania.
Africa (Sub-Sahara) Kosmos Energy has made a significant deepwater gas discovery off Senegal. The Guembeul-1 well in the northern part of the St. Louis Offshore Profond license in 8,858 ft of water encountered 331 net ft of gas pay in two excellent-quality reservoirs, the company reported. The results demonstrate reservoir continuity and static pressure communication with the Tortue-1 well, which suggests a single gas accumulation. The mean gross resource estimate for the Greater Tortue complex has risen to 17 Tcf from 14 Tcf as a result of the Guembeul discovery, the company said. Kosmos, the operator, has a 60% interest in the well. Timis (30%) and Petrosen (10%) hold the remaining interest. In Salah Gas has started production from its Southern fields in Algeria.
Africa (Sub-Sahara) Petroceltic International said that the first of up to 24 new development wells planned in Algeria's Ain Tsila gas and condensate field was successful. The AT-10 well, situated about 2 miles from the AT-1 field discovery well, reached a total depth of 6,578 ft. Wireline logs indicated that the expected initial offtake rate would be comparable to the AT-1 and AT-8 wells, both of which test-flowed at more than 30 MMcf/D. Petroceltic is the operator with a 38.25% interest in the production-sharing contract that covers the Ain Tsila output. The remaining interests are held by Sonatrach (43.375%) and Enel (18.375%). Sonangol reported that it has found reserves in the Kwanza Basin of Angola that could total 2.2 billion BOE, including reserves in a block jointly owned with BP. Block 24, operated by BP, holds an estimated 280 million bbl of condensate and 8 Tcf of gas, totaling 1.7 billion BOE, Sonangol said in a statement seen by Reuters.
Africa (Sub-Sahara) Sound Energy identified significant gas shows at the first Tendrara well onshore Morocco. Drilled to a 2665-m measured vertical depth, the well hit a total gross pay interval of 89 m of gas. The full set of well logs are being processed before the startup of rigless mechanical reservoir stimulation operations, which will be followed by a well test. The company is the operator of the well with a 55% working interest.
Specic experiments have been designed and the experimental measurements obtained show that, not only the absolute permeability but also the gas relative permeability are sensitive to connement and that the residual gas saturation (through permeability "jail") increases with loading. This observation represents an additional source of complexity in the evaluation of low-permeability sandstone gas reservoirs. INTRODUCTION Low-permeability sandstone gas reservoirs, also called tight reservoirs, are generally considered stress-sensitive reservoirs. Numerous laboratory tests under single-phase ow have shown that the absolute permeability of these reservoir rocks decreases strongly with connement. This dependence on connement is attributed to the existence of joints and interfaces in tight rocks, which close when loading increases, as pointed out by Walsh and Brace (1984) and Warpinski and Teufel (1992).
A challenge in oil-reservoir studies is evaluating the ability of geomechanical, statistical, and geophysical methods to predict discrete geological features. This problem arises frequently with fracture corridors, which are discrete, tabular subvertical fracture clusters. Fracture corridors can be inferred from well data such as horizontal-borehole-image logs. Unfortunately, well data, and especially borehole image logs, are sparse, and predictive methods are needed to fill in the gap between wells. One way to evaluate such methods is to compare predicted and inferred fracture corridors statistically, using chi-squared and contingency tables.
In this article, we propose a modified contingency table to validate fracture-corridor-prediction techniques. We introduce two important modifications to capture special aspects of fracture corridors. The first modification is the incorporation of exclusion zones where no fracture corridors can exist, and the second modification is taking into consideration the fuzzy nature of fracture-corridor indicators from wells such as circulation losses. An indicator is fuzzy when it has more than one possible interpretation. The reliability of an indicator is the probability that it correctly suggests a fracture corridor. The indicators with reliability of unity are hard indicators, and “soft” and “fuzzy” indicators are those with reliability that is less than unity.
A structural grid is overlaid on the reservoir top in an oil field. Each cell of the grid is examined for the presence and reliability of inferred fracture corridors and exclusion zones and the confidence level of predicted fracture corridors. The results are summarized in a contingency table and are used to calculate chi-squared and conditional probability of having an actual fracture corridor given a predicted fracture corridor.
Three actual case studies are included to demonstrate how single or joint predictive methods can be statistically evaluated and how conditional probabilities are calculated using the modified contingency tables. The first example tests seismic faults as indicators of fracture corridors. The other examples test fracture corridors predicted by a simple geomechanical method.
Methods currently used to evaluate laboratory performance of asphaltenes inhibitors are non-optimal because the conditions used are so far from those prevailing in the field, leading to incorrect assessment of dose rates or even selection of chemicals that may not be beneficial at all. We present a dynamic flow test method for asphaltenes risk assessment and inhibitor qualification that uses field-representative temperature, pressure and fluid dynamics to enable successful correlation with field behaviour.
This paper discusses the most commonly used laboratory test methods for asphaltenes testing and proposes a new dynamic flow method that offers a significant improvement over other widely-used techniques. Reconditioned dead crude oil is co-injected with
We present a case study describing the use of the dynamic flow test equipment to assess asphaltenes deposition risk and to qualify asphaltenes inhibitors for field application. We demonstrate that the method is able to rank chemicals for performance at inhibiting deposition under flowing conditions and at more field-representative temperature and pressure, with much lower percentages of
We discuss the effect of critical parameters affecting the extent of asphaltenes deposition. Fluid dynamics are recognised to play a key role in asphaltenes deposition in the field, not least, because at higher wall velocities the erosive force acting on field deposits is high enough to limit further growth and steady state can be reached. Flowing tests were conducted under a number of fluid-dynamic regimes in which asphaltenic crude oil was destabilised by addition of
This paper presents the development of a new laboratory test method utilising dead crude both for asphaltenes risk assessment and inhibitor qualification that offers significantly improved correlation with field behaviour over conventional dispersancy testing, yet remains much more cost effective than labour-intensive autoclave testing utilising live fluids. When considering asphaltenes risk analysis the approach also allows for deposition
High levels of drag, especially in horizontal and extended-reach operations, can be a major concern during sliding or rotating. Drag reduces drilling efficiency by requiring increased energy input, primarily through increasing torque and weight on bit, to achieve the desired rate of penetration (ROP). Reduced drilling efficiency results in excessive tool wear, lower ROP, and poor directional control. Of the several methods the industry uses to combat drag, the scope of this study was focused on the use of a pulse generator paired with a displacement generator, which makes up a drilling agitator tool (DAT). A DAT is commonly used in extended lateral formations to improve weight transfer to the bit in vertical and nonvertical drilling applications. The operational principal of the DAT is the production of a pressure pulse that causes a repetitive axial motion in a shock tool. This paper compares offset run data between two DAT cases—one run with a traditional DAT and the other on a new, efficient, "high-energy" DAT (HE DAT). The run performance in similar portions of vertical and horizontal sections was compared between the two systems.
This study was based on data collected from a pressure pulse and axial displacement data recorder from horizontal wells in the STACK play drilled by Devon Energy. The objective of this study was to observe the performance of the HE DAT and determine if there was a noticeable gain in performance in terms of drilling efficiency and ROP as compared to a standard DAT. These results are discussed in detail and supported by high-resolution data collected during drilling.
The data analysis presented here provides an in-depth look into the operation of the HE DAT's performance as compared to the standard DAT in a very similar offset well. Overall, a 20 to 25% increase in ROP with the HE DAT was expected, effectively validating the enhancements made to the tool. This study collected data using data recorders—novel, small, self-contained devices measuring axial vibration, internal pressure, temperature, and axial displacement—located directly above and below the DATs to make a comparative assessment and deliver information about drilling data that was otherwise not available via conventional downhole measurement tools.