The objective of this work is to characterize the fault system and its impact on Mishrif reservoir capacity in the West Quran oil field. Determination and modelling of these faults are crucial to evaluate and understanding fluid flow of both oil and water injection in terms of distribution and the movement. In addition to define the structure away from the well control and understanding the evolution of West Qurna arch over geologic time.
In order to achieve the aim of the work and the structural analysis, a step wise approach was undertaken. Primarily, intensive seismic interpretation and building of structure maps were carried out across the high resolution of 3D-seismic survey with focusing on the main producing Mishrif reservoir of the field. Also, seismic attributes volumes provided a good information about the distribution and geometry of faults in Mishrif reservoir. The next step, it constructs 3-D fault model which will be later merged into the developed 3D geological model. West Qurna/1 oil field situated within the Zubair Subzone, and it is structurally a part of large anticline towards the north. The observation of seismically derived faults near Mishrif reservoir indicated en-echelon faults which refer to strike-slip tectonics along with extensional faults. The statistic of Mishrif interval faulting indicates a big number faults striking north-south along western wedge of anticline. The seismic interpretation, in combination with seismic attributes volumes, deliver a valuable structural framework which in turns used to build a better geological model.
In this paper, the work demonstrates a better understanding for the perspectives on the seismic characterization of the structural framework in the Mishrif reservoir, and also for similar heterogeneous carbonate reservoirs. Further, this work will ultimately lead to improve reservoir management practises in terms of production performance and water flooding plan.
To date, our feasibility studies [CMTC-502487-MS and SPE-190163-MS] of the Gad and Downhole Water Sink-Assisted Gravity Drainage (GDWS-AGD) process for the South Rumaila oil field have considered using Carbon Dioxide gas injection to enhance recovery from the field. As availibiulity of CO2 is limited and its cost considerable it might be also feasible to use natural gas,, Associated Produced Gas (APG) as an alternative solvent to enhance oil recovery with this process. In the study, efficiency of APG vs. CO2 is compared for the South Rumaila oil field.
In the study, the GDWS-AGD process installation includes 20 vertical APG injection wells are drilled to the top of the reservoir to build a gas cap in the oil pay zone. In addition, eleven horizontal oil-producing wells are placed at the bottom of the oil pay zone with six horizontal water drainage (sink) wells below the oil-water contact (OWC). The two horizontal leg installation may be made from a vertical well with 7-casing dual-completed (from two kick-off points) in the oil payzone and in the bottom water (below OWC) with two horizontal well legs and the two 2-3/8 inch tubings in each well. In a dual-tubing design of the process the two horizontal well legs produce independently. If only one tubing is used production from the water sink well is hydraulically isolated inside the vertical well by a packer. In either design, the water sink well is operated with a submersible pump.
In this study, the GDWS-AGD process with APG is considered for the upper sandstone member/South Rumaila Oil Field, located in Iraq to improve oil recovery. The Rumaila field has an infinite acting-aquifer with very strong edge water drive. In the GDWS-AGD, the bottom water drainage would not only reduce water cut and water cresting, but would also significantly reduce the reservoir pressure, resulting in improving gas injectivity. The study shows considerable improvement with the GDWS-AGD process - oil recovery increased from 76% by CO2 to 83% by APG and water cut was readily controlled resulting in more rapid reduction with APG (from 98% to less than 5%) than that with CO2 in all horizontal oil producers. The results show that the use of APG gas alternative for the GDWS-AGD process not only improves water-cresting control due prompt reduction of water cut, but also enhances gas injectivity and significantly improves oil recovery.
Forging an authentic and meaningful brand for major projects in complex and challenging regions is an under-rated tool for managing risk—but not at the Rumaila oilfield in Southern Iraq. Iraqi forces are preparing an operation to consolidate control of an area near the Iran border to be used for the transit of Iraqi oil, two officials said, highlighting concern about mountainous terrain where two armed groups are active. Iraq plans to use drones to monitor and protect its oil export and production pipelines from the first quarter of 2018, an oil ministry spokesman said on 18 December.
Alkinani, Husam H. (Missouri University of Science and Technology) | Al-Hameedi, Abo Taleb T. (Missouri University of Science and Technology) | Dunn-Norman, Shari (Missouri University of Science and Technology) | Alkhamis, Mohammed M. (Missouri University of Science and Technology) | Mutar, Rusul A. (Ministry of Communications and Technology)
Lost circulation is a complicated problem to be predicted with conventional statistical tools. As the drilling environment is getting more complicated nowadays, more advanced techniques such as artificial neural networks (ANNs) are required to help to estimate mud losses prior to drilling. The aim of this work is to estimate mud losses for induced fractures formations prior to drilling to assist the drilling personnel in preparing remedies for this problem prior to entering the losses zone. Once the severity of losses is known, the key drilling parameters can be adjusted to avoid or at least mitigate losses as a proactive approach.
Lost circulation data were extracted from over 1500 wells drilled worldwide. The data were divided into three sets; training, validation, and testing datasets. 60% of the data are used for training, 20% for validation, and 20% for testing. Any ANN consists of the following layers, the input layer, hidden layer(s), and the output layer. A determination of the optimum number of hidden layers and the number of neurons in each hidden layer is required to have the best estimation, this is done using the mean square of error (MSE). A supervised ANNs was created for induced fractures formations. A decision was made to have one hidden layer in the network with ten neurons in the hidden layer. Since there are many training algorithms to choose from, it was necessary to choose the best algorithm for this specific data set. Ten different training algorithms were tested, the Levenberg-Marquardt (LM) algorithm was chosen since it gave the lowest MSE and it had the highest R-squared. The final results showed that the supervised ANN has the ability to predict lost circulation with an overall R-squared of 0.925 for induced fractures formations. This is a very good estimation that will help the drilling personnel prepare remedies before entering the losses zone as well as adjusting the key drilling parameters to avoid or at least mitigate losses as a proactive approach. This ANN can be used globally for any induced fractures formations that are suffering from the lost circulation problem to estimate mud losses.
As the demand for energy increases, the drilling process is becoming more challenging. Thus, more advanced tools such as ANNs are required to better tackle these problems. The ANN built in this paper can be adapted to commercial software that predicts lost circulation for any induced fractures formations globally.
Al-Hameedi, Abo Taleb T. (Missouri University of Science and Technology) | Alkinani, Husam H. (Missouri University of Science and Technology) | Dunn-Norman, Shari (Missouri University of Science and Technology) | Amer, Ahmed S. (Newpark Technology Center/ Newpark Drilling Fluids)
Equivalent circulation density (ECD) management is a key factor for the successfulness of the drilling operations, especially when dealing with narrow mud-weight windows. Poor management of ECD can result in unsafe and/or inefficient drilling as well as an increase in drilling cost due to associated nonproductive time (NPT). Different parameters can affect the ECD directly or indirectly including, but not limited to, wellbore geometry, cuttings, hole cleaning efficiency, flow rate, and rheological properties of the drilling fluid. However, the magnitude of the effect of each parameter is not well understood. In this paper, a comprehensive statistical analysis using the correlation coefficient was conducted using real field data to investigate the effect of three controllable factors - solid contents (SC), yield point (Yp), and plastic viscosity (PV) - on ECD.
Gao, Jichao (China Oilfield Services Limited) | Feng, Puyong (China Oilfield Services Limited) | Wang, Da (China Oilfield Services Limited) | Shao, Shangqi (China Oilfield Services Limited) | Cui, Bo (China Oilfield Services Limited) | Wang, Gui (China Oilfield Services Limited)
Matrix acidizing is widely used for removing damage of carbonate reservoirs. In 2017, more than 70 matrix stimulation operations have been conducted in Iraq Missan oilfield. However, for wells with no severe damage and low production performance which are influenced by formation energy decreasing, the effect of conventional matrix is limited. In order to stimulate these wells, a new acidizing technique has been developed which is called large liquid volume deep penetration acidizing.
According to the Darcy Productivity Equation, for carbonate reservoir, decreasing the skin factor below 0 would also increase production even if the skin factor is 0. That is the theoretical basis of large liquid volume deep penetration acidizing. The key points of this method are injection volume and acid system characters. Total injection volume is even twice as large as that of conventional matrix acidification. The acid system should have characteristics such as retarded acid-rock reaction rate and low leakoff coefficient. Viscoelastic surfactant based acid PA-VES and gelled acid PA-GL are used in these works.
In high permeability formation, the viscosity of PA-VES [20 wt% HCL and 8 wt% VES-1] reaches a peak of more than 400 cp at a shear rate of 170 S−1 at 120°C, which would drive acid flowing into tight formation. Other characteristics such as corrosion inhibition, surface tension, inter-surface tension, iron control and sludge prevention have been tested. Gelled acid is widely used because of its economic benefit, its rheology behavior is tested too. During injecting procedure, optimizing the injection rate and choosing large acid volume to produce long effective wormhole in formation, in this way the oil and gas seepage resistance are reduced, deep oil and gas reservoir area is connected, and oil production is improved. 3 wells have been stimulated using this technique in Missan oilfield which achieved the good results.
Large liquid volume deep penetration acidizing still belong to matrix acidizing because of non-fracturing formation. So that this method do not need a rig and would save cost. This paper introduces a novel method to stimulate low formation energy wells and low pollution wells, which is used in Iraq Missan oilfield for the first time.
Alkinani, Husam H. (Missouri University of Science and Technology) | Al-Hameedi, Abo Taleb T. (Missouri University of Science and Technology) | Dunn-Norman, Shari (Missouri University of Science and Technology) | Flori, Ralph E. (Missouri University of Science and Technology) | Alsaba, Mortadha T. (Australian College of Kuwait) | Amer, Ahmed S. (Newpark Technology Center/ Newpark Drilling Fluids) | Al-Bazzaz, Waleed H. (Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research)
Lost circulation is a unique challenge unlike other factors contributing to non-productive time (NPT). Due to the variability in the nature and type of lost circulation prone formations; there is no universal solution to this challenge. This publication presents a new approach to guide the decision-making process of which and when to apply a certain treatment as compared to another. If implemented correctly, a significant reduction in NPT related to lost circulation can be expected. Also, the cost of each treatment, as well as the NPT that is associated with the treatment, were examined in this study. Lost circulation events for three formations which are the Dammam, Hartha, and Shuaiba were gathered from over 1000 wells drilled in Basra oil fields, Iraq using various sources and reports; the treatments were classified by scenario –partial, severe, and complete losses – as well as cost, efficiency, and formation types. This paper is developed based on probabilities, expected monetary value (EMV), and decision tree analysis (DTA) to recommend the best-lost circulation strategy for each type of losses.
This paper utilizes probability and economics in the decision-making process. This is the first study that considers a detailed probability and cost to treat the lost circulation problem. Thousands of treatment scenarios for each type of losses are conducted, and the EMVs for all scenarios are calculated. For each type of losses, the lowest EMV treatment strategy- that is practically applicable in the field and makes sense- is selected to be used to treat each type of losses to minimize NPT and cost. If the losses didn't stop after utilizing the proposed treatment strategies, it is recommended to use liner hanger to isolate the losses zone and then continue drilling. A change in well design is also suggested to help to minimize NPT and cost. In addition, a formalized methodology for responding to losses in the Dammam, Hartha, and Shuaiba formations is established and provided as means of assisting drilling personnel to work through the lost circulation problem in a systematic way.
One challenge in drilling wells in Basra oil fields is the inconsistency of approaches to the lost circulation problem. Therefore, the result of this data analysis provides a path forward for the Basra area lost circulation events and suggests probable methods that can be used in similar formations globally. Additionally, the methodology can be adapted to studying other types of formations and drilling challenges have the same geological properties in any major oil field.
Al-Hameedi, Abo Taleb T. (Missouri University of Science and Technology) | Alkinani, Husam H. (Missouri University of Science and Technology) | Dunn-Norman, Shari (Missouri University of Science and Technology) | Flori, Ralph E. (Missouri University of Science and Technology) | Alsaba, Mortadha T. (Australian College of Kuwait) | Amer, Ahmed S. (Newpark Technology Center/ Newpark Drilling Fluids) | Al-Bazzaz, Waleed H. (Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research)
The rate of penetration (ROP) plays a major role in reducing drilling costs, making it an important area of investigation. There are various controllable and uncontrollable factors that affect the ROP, and the variation in these variables affecting the ROP made it a very pivotal drilling parameter that has a significant effect on non-productive time. In this work, sensitivity and statistical analysis were carried out using data from over 1000 wells in Basra oil fields, Iraq. The scope of this work is to determine the effect of rheological properties on ROP, to provide a method for estimating the recommended range for drilling fluid properties based on data mining techniques.
In this work, huge real field data from over 1000 wells drilled in Basra oil fields, Iraq were gathered and analyzed to better understand the characteristics of a drilling fluid that enhance ROP and quantify the impact of each drilling fluid rheological properties on ROP. The data used in this study were collected from mud logging data, daily drilling reports (DDR), and geological information. Statistical and sensitivity analyses were performed in order to identify the relationship between ROP and drilling fluid rheological properties. The correlation coefficient (CC) was utilized to understand the effect of solid content (SC), yield point (Yp), and plastic viscosity (PV) on ROP. The results showed that SC is the most influential rheological property on ROP, then PV and finally Yp. In addition, this work demonstrates how bit hydraulics can be improved by means of modifying the rheological properties rather than adjusting the flow rate or nozzle size.
Large-scale collection and interpretation of field data or in other words "data mining" can be considered as a strong tool in understanding the impact of different parameters on the ROP in order to estimate the recommended range of rheological properties, which will result in improving the ROP.
For mature oil fields with complicated reservoir architecture, reservoir surveillance is key to track reservoir performance. Reservoir surveillance may include various monitoring tools from complicated horizontal production logging tools down to regular well tests. One of the main surveillance methods is running formation pressure measurement tools such as Formation Pressure Testers (FPT) or as historically known to the industry, Repeated Formation Tester (RFT). This paper describes the use of this important tool integrated with production data to understand reservoir production and depletion behavior and hence support the Bahrain Field development plan.
A study was conducted on the Ostracod and Magwa reservoirs; complicated carbonate reservoirs in the Bahrain Field. The Ostracod Zone is a sequence of inter-bedded limestone and shale in the upper Rumaila formation of the middle Cretaceous Wasia group. It is over 200 feet thick and consists of three main units: B0, B1, and B2. The Magwa reservoir is the lower member of the Rumaila Formation. It is 120 feet thick and conformably underlies the Ostracod reservoir. It consists of three main units: M1, M2, and M3.
The main objectives of this study are:
Evaluating pressure depletion from the initial reservoir pressure for each unit in both reservoirs, which defined the existence of flow barriers in this inter-bedded complicated carbonate. Evaluating the relationship between pressure depletion in each unit and the spacing between offset wells to the FPT location. Evaluating the Ostracod/Magwa pressure depletion per unit with time. Linking the pressure depletion to the cumulative production from the area offset by the FPT data.
Evaluating pressure depletion from the initial reservoir pressure for each unit in both reservoirs, which defined the existence of flow barriers in this inter-bedded complicated carbonate.
Evaluating the relationship between pressure depletion in each unit and the spacing between offset wells to the FPT location.
Evaluating the Ostracod/Magwa pressure depletion per unit with time.
Linking the pressure depletion to the cumulative production from the area offset by the FPT data.
The results of this study helped define the depletion risk on the future infill opportunities in such complicated reservoirs. It also helped in locating highly depleted units and determining the optimal locations for the new infill wells.