The Burgan field is an oil field situated in the desert of southeastern Kuwait. Burgan field can also refer to the Greater Burgan--a group of three closely spaced fields, which includes Burgan field itself as well as the much smaller Magwa and Ahmadi fields. Greater Burgan is the world's largest sandstone oil field, and the second largest overall, after Ghawar. The Greater Burgan field includes two smaller fields the Magwa and the Ahmadi. Chief Executive of the Kuwait Oil Company reported that Burgan produced half of Kuwait's oil.
This paper presents the traditional methods of hydrate mitigation used in the NKJ fields and the way in which a transient model was initially built and continuously improved. In thermal enhanced oil recovery there is one big ingredient: steam. A new startup from Germany believes it has found the oil industry’s cheapest way to make it. This study provides technical analysis of the viability of enhanced-oil-recovery (EOR) processes; the results indicate the potential for significant improvement in recovery efficiency over continued waterflooding. The first multilateral well in a North Kuwait field has been drilled recently.
The basic objective of this course is to introduce the overview and concept of production optimisation, using nodal analysis as a tool in production optimisation and enhancement. The participants are exposed to the analysis of various elements that help in production system starting from reservoir to surface processing facilities and their effect on the performance of the total production system. Depth conversion of time interpretations is a basic skill set for interpreters. There is no single methodology that is optimal for all cases. Next, appropriate depth methods will be presented. Depth imaging should be considered an integral component of interpretation. If the results derived from depth imaging are intended to mitigate risk, the interpreter must actively guide the process.
This paper describes a new approach to evaluating the effectiveness of the rotary-steerable-system (RSS) steering mechanism on wellbore tortuosity in horizontal wells. This paper demonstrates a work flow to determine optimal lateral lengths and trajectories in the Midland Basin by studying the effect of the lateral length and trajectory on well production. With the arrival and development of rotary steerable systems in the late 1990s, the industry thought that drilling a perfectly smooth and controlled trajectory would not be an issue. Range Resources' drilling head talks about how the company went from drilling the shortest laterals in the Marcellus to the longest and why. The Apollonia tight-gas chalk play is located in the Abu Gharadig Basin in the Western Desert of Egypt.
Burgan Marrat, a deep carbonate reservoir was transferred from exploration to development team for an accelerated production of the newly discovered oil. This multi-billion barrel reservoir is spread over 450 km2, has more than 40 faults, 8 compartments with large variation in oil-water contact and reservoir/fluid characteristics. The objective of this work is to understand the key uncertainties and quantify their impact on the reservoir offtake rate and oil recovery by conducting uncertainty assessment.
An interdisciplinary team identified the key uncertainty parameters expected to have significant impact on the reservoir development. The range and probability distribution law for each parameter was set considering the uncertainties due to limited measurements or variation in interpretations. A Response Surface Model (RSM) was created to evaluate the uncertainties by using a base dynamic model and applying an appropriate experimental design, which allowed to efficiently study the uncertainty space with a feasible number of simulations. Using the RSM, the primary effects and interaction between parameters were quantified to rank the uncertainties based on their impact on field production.
Key uncertainty parameters were identified including eight OWCs, six fault transmissibilities, horizontal and vertical permeability multipliers, and porosity multiplier. Latin Hypercube was found to be the appropriate Experimental Design for the study considering 17 parameters and the need of building a reliable RSM that includes interactions between them. The design recommended 155 simulation cases, which were prepared and submitted automatically by the software.
Multi-time Responses were analyzed qualitatively to identify the top 5 uncertainties having material impact on field production over 20 years considering 6 existing wells and 30 new well locations. The RSM quantitative evaluation showed three parameters (OWC2, OWC4 and OWC1) having a total effect on the response higher than 10%; followed by PERMX and OWC3 with less than 5%. The other 12 parameters have total effects less than 2%, and the interactions effect is less than 0.5% for any interaction between two parameters. Contrary to the intuition, none of the faults proved impact on the reservoir production.
The results prove very useful to make a right development and appraisal strategy in early life of the reservoir. The new well locations can be ranked and prioritized to optimize the development and effectively appraise the areas with high risks.
Uncertainty assessment has value throughout the life of the reservoir. However, this study indicates that its application in early life of the reservoir can bring immense value. An uncertainty analysis on the reservoir production helps in decision-making regarding the number of wells and their locations to reach a target production by managing the risks.
Al-shammari, Baraa Sayyar (Kuwait Oil Company) | Rane, Nitin (Kuwait Oil Company) | Ali, Shareefa Mulla (Kuwait Oil Company) | Sultan, Aala Ahmad (Kuwait Oil Company) | Al Sabea, Salem Hamad (Kuwait Oil Company) | Al-naqi, Meqdad (Kuwait Oil Company) | Pandey, Mukul (Weatherford) | Solaeche, Fernando Ledesma (Weatherford)
The Kuwait Integrated Digital Field project for Gathering-Center 01 (KwIDF GC-01) at Burgan Field acquires real-time data from wells and processing facilities as input for its production-surveillance program. Live data from the field is fed into an integrated production model for analyzing and optimizing pump performance. An automated workflow process generates alarms for critical well and facility parameters to identify wells with potential scaling issues. KwIDF workflows are integrated with updated well models to visualize the effect of scale build up on the wellhead performance and thereby assist in quantifying the associated production losses caused by scale deposition. A sensitivity analysis is also performed to identify current and optimal pump operating conditions and prioritize scale cleaning jobs.
The exception-based surveillance of key real-time parameters for wells utilizing electrical submersible pumps (ESPs) in Burgan field has significantly improved diagnostics of scale deposition at wellhead chokes and flowlines. Automated workflows calibrate an integrated production model in real-time, which enables engineers to run a quick analysis of current pump operating conditions and make a proactive plan of action. The application of real-time data and automated models has aided the operator's production team in making informed and timely decisions that enable them to run pumps at optimal operating conditions, with the result that they are able to sustain well production at target levels.
This paper describes an innovative approach to applying real-time data and integrated models in an automated workflow process for enhancing capabilities to diagnose scale deposition in the surface flow network. Examples are presented to demonstrate the application of integrated technology for identifying scaling at wellhead chokes and flowlines and prioritizing a scale removal program for optimizing pump performance.
The case study describes a modeling and simulation study of an inverted ESP completion to address three fundamental objectives. A) Increasing the ultimate oil recovery in the massive sands of Cretaceous age in Greater Burgan field by managing water production B) Mitigating the rapid water coning conditions in this high permeable water drive reservoir and C) Designing an optimal operating strategy with Downhole Water Sink (DWS) to control water production and manage well performance. A 2×2km sector was carved out from the full field geological model with 12 wells including the study well. The study well was producing at high water cut at the time of the study. All static properties were updated, and the model was history matched for production, pressure and saturation. Several sensitivity runs were performed, and prediction scenarios were run for 5 years to observe well production behavior in time. The well model was setup with an inverted ESP between straddle packers to produce water from below OWC and inject into bottom reservoir with a production string above to produce from the oil zone. This setting ensured a reverse oil cone being generated from below OWC in the reservoir under production. The aquifer model was finite in size enabling bottom water influx. Simulation results showed that implementation of DWS technology made the water production reduced by 18% during five years with an increase in oil production of nearly 25% in the study well. To maintain continuous well offtake rate, a range of water rates to be produced and injected to bottom reservoir have been studied. Several iterative runs were made to investigate the best completion interval and injection & production rates. The profiles of oil water interface near well bore indicated good reduction in the cone height as compared to normal completion. The results also showed significant improvement in oil recovery within the drainage radius of the well from the simulations. Simulation results provided good understanding of the saturation change near well bore area under different production rates. Prediction runs were made for sustainable oil production under natural flowing condition and the conditions to switch over to production under artificial lift. Production of thin layers of remaining oil from within high permeable massive Burgan middle sands has been a high concern due to very high water cuts because of coning. The study results have provided encouraging option with DWS technique to improve recovery from the reservoir.
Abdullatif, Osman (King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals) | Osman, Mutasim (King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals) | Yassin, Mohamed (King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals) | Makkawi, Mohamed (King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals) | Al-Farhan, Mohamed (King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals)
The Miocene deep sea turbidite sandstone of Burqan Formation is important hydrocarbon reservoir target in Midyan region, Red Sea, NW of Saudi Arabia. Excellently exposed outcrops of Burqan Formation in Midyan region provide good data to examine and evaluate the reservoir rocks. This study integrates field observations (sedimentologic, stratigraphic and structural) and measurements from outcrop analog of the turbidite sandstone to investigate and characterize the reservoir heterogeneity, quality and architecture. The methods and approach followed used sedimentologic and stratigraphic analysis based on vertical and lateral outcrop sections and photomosaic so as to reveal the vertical and lateral distribution of the lithofacies and their geometries at outcrop scale. Moreover, terrestrial laser scanning (LiDAR) was utilized in this study to capture outcrop meso to macroscopic sedimentologic and stratigraphic and structural features details (strata surfaces. geometry distribution, faults, fractures). We integrated field observations with laboratory analyses to characterize the microscopic sedimentologic heterogeneity of lithofacies, texture, composition and petrophysical properties of the turbidite sandstone.
The stratigraphic analysis shows variation in outcrops from proximal to distal parts, within 15 to 20 km traverse across the outcrops belt (west to east) of Burqan Formation. The sandstone body thickness varied between 2 – 4 m in the proximal parts and between 0.5 – 1 m distally. Also, these variations in thickness was associated with increasing of shale/sandstone ratio from proximal to distal parts. The sandstone bodies width revealed from outcrop mosaics extend laterally between 100 to over 150 m. The lithofacies consists of both matrix and clast supported conglomerates, pebbly sandstone and coarse to very coarse and medium grained, massive, trough and horizontally stratified sandstone. These facies were interbedded with siltstone, mudstone and shale. The sand bodies were vertically and laterally stacked in the proximal parts and decreases in the medial and distal parts, however, locally the shale and mudstone lithofacies interbeds and form baffle zones. The region is tectonically and structurally active, therefore, at outcrop scale the repeated tectonics and rifting in the region resulted in faulting, shearing and fracturing which added complexity to the turbidite sandstone reservoir architecture. Moreover, tectonic affected reservoir/seal relationship, reservoir continuity and distribution of inter-reservoir barriers and baffles.
The results of this high resolution outcrop analog study might provide information and data base on types and scales of geological heterogeneities and their impact on reservoir quality and architecture within the interwell spacing. Moreover, it might also provide guides for exploration and development and help in decision making to avoid risks under the complex geological setting in the Red Sea region and other hydrocarbon basins under similar geological setting.
Al-Obaidli, Asmaa (KOC) | Al-Nasheet, Anwar (KOC) | Snasiri, Fatemah (KOC) | Al-Shammari, Obaid (KOC) | Al-Shammari, Asrar (KOC) | Sinha, Satyendra (KOC) | Amjad, Yaser Muhammad (Schlumberger) | Gonzalez, Doris (BP) | Gonzalez, Fabio (BP)
The Magwa-Marrat field started production early 1984 with an initial reservoir pressure of 9,600 psia Thirtysix (36) producer wells have been drilled until now. By 1999, when the field had accumulated 92 MMSTB of produced oil and the reservoir pressure had declined to 8000 psia, the field was shut-in until late 2003 due to concerns on asphaltene deposition in the reservoir that could cause irreversible damage and total recovery losses. The field was restarted in 2003 an it has been in production since then. By April 2018 the field had produced 220 MMSTBO, with the average reservoir pressure declined to 6,400 psia. As crude oil has been produced and the energy of the reservoir has depleted, the equilibrium of its fluid components has been disturbed and asphaltenes have precipitated out of the liquid phase and deposited in the production tubing. There is a concern that the reservoir will encounter asphaltene problems as the reservoir pressure drops further. The objective of this manuscript is to present the process to understand the reservoir fluids behavior as it relates to asphaltenes issues and develop a work frame to recognize and mitigate the risk of plugging the reservoir rock due to asphaltenes deposition with the end purpose of maximizing recovery while producing at the maximum field potential Data acquired during more than 30 years have been integrated and analyzed including 22 AOP measurements using gravimetric and solid detection system techniques, 17 PVT lab reports, 1 core-flooding study and 1 permeability/wettability study. Despite the wide range of AOP measured in different labs, it was possible to determine that the AOP for the Magwa-Marrat fluid is 5,600 500 psia and the saturation pressure is 3,200 200 psia. Results of this fluids review study indicates that it might be possible to deplete the reservoir pressure below the AOP while producing at high rates.