This seminar will teach participants how to identify, evaluate, and quantify risk and uncertainty in everyday oil and gas economic situations. It reviews the development of pragmatic tools, methods, and understandings for professionals that are applicable to companies of all sizes. The seminar also briefly reviews statistics, the relationship between risk and return, and hedging and future markets. Strategic thinking and planning are key elements in an organisation’s journey to maximise value to shareholders, customers, and employees. Through this workshop, attendees will go through the different processes involved in strategic planning including the elements of organisational SWOT, business scenario and options development, elaboration of strategic options and communication to stakeholders.
Decisions in E&P ventures are affected by Bias, Blindness, and Illusions (BBI) which permeate our analyses, interpretations and decisions. This one-day course examines the influence of these cognitive pitfalls and presents techniques that can be used to mitigate their impact. Bias refers to errors in thinking whereby interpretations and judgments are drawn in an illogical fashion. Blindness is the condition where we fail to see an unexpected event in plain sight. Illusions refer to misleading beliefs based on a false impression of reality.
In this study, conceptual numerical simulation models, with geomechanical properties incorporated, were employed to assess whether polymer flooding or a surfactant EOR process could be viable; with minimal damage to permafrost. These simulations considered the geological subdivisions of permafrost distribution in the subsurface which included: an active layer (seasonally frozen ground); taliks (unfrozen ground between the base of the active layer and permafrost layer and within the permafrost layer); and the unfrozen layer below the permafrost zone. In addition, a major oil zone was included in the model underlying the permafrost section. Significant oil recovery values were predicted, both for injection of polymer solutions and surfactant-polymer solutions and with both horizontal and vertical wells. Surprisingly, addition of surfactant provides lower oil recovery than for polymer flooding alone (under same injection slug size, when all subdivisions were considered in the model). This result appeared to occur because the thermodynamics build into models allows the surfactant formulation to freeze easier than the polymer solution without surfactant. This freezing depletes the surfactant bank, and therefore, lowers oil recovery. On the other hand, this freezing actually promotes growth of the permafrost, whereas, injection of polymer alone causes a mild thawing of the permafrost. One might question whether the thermodynamics built into the simulator are correct, but this result does emphasis that in addition to temperature, the chemistry of the injected formulation may be important in determining the fate of the permafrost. At a certain well distance to permafrost (1,640 ft), horizontal injection wells cause greater thawing of permafrost than vertical wells, when wellbores are close to the taliks. Higher concentration and viscosity of polymer slugs have small potential for thawing permafrost, largely because of the injectivity reduction during polymer flooding (thus allowing slower heat dissipation). Examination of polymer injection as a function of pressure, temperature, and mean stress, suggests that subsidence of permafrost could be negligible. The effects on permafrost subsidence increases modestly as the polymer slug size increases, and decreases modestly as the surfactant-polymer slug size increases. As huge heavy oil reserves exist in Canada and Alaska's North Slope regions, continued resource development in these regions is likely. Therefore, a thorough understanding is required in considering the long-term impact on permafrost stability with the use of modern EOR processes implemented in this unique environment.
In this paper, we present for the first time, a classification system for naturally-occurring gas hydrate deposits existing in the permafrost and marine environment. This classification is relatively simple but highlights the salient features of a gas hydrate deposit which are important for their exploration and production such as location, porosity system, gas origin and migration path. We then show how this classification can be used to describe eight well-studied gas hydrate deposits in permafrost and marine environment. Potential implications of this classification are also discussed.
Multilateral drilling technology offers a highly effective method of enhanced oil recovery in fields characterized by complicated geological structure. This paper describes the analysis of sidetracks in an open hole by annular ledge formation with the use of a downhole motor in multilateral wells in Vostochno-Messoyakhskoye field.
Since May 2018, more than 130 sidetracks have been drilled in Vostochno-Messoyakhskoye field with the use of bottomhole assembly (BHA) with a downhole motor in open hole by annular ledge formation. The fundamental difference between this method and conventional sidetracking with a downhole motor is that during sidetracking the entire drill string constantly rotates, rather than just bit rotation produced by downhole motor operation. In the process of technology introduction a comparison was made on how different downhole and geological conditions influence the time and performance results.
The technology introduction resulted in the sidetracking time reduction from 9 hours to just 3 to 4 hours.
A number of additional advantages of sidetracking with annular ledge formation were confirmed in the process of operations:
The constant rotation of the drill string enables smooth weight transfer to the bit smooth, without failures. This contributes to effective and uniform ledge formation. Such sidetracking can be carried out at an extended length of open hole when it is difficult to ensure a free movement of the BHA which is necessary of conventional sidetracking. Constant rotation mitigates the risk of differential sticking. More favorable conditions are created for BHA movement in an interval of the holes diversion and subsequently for liner running in. It is possible to sidetrack with the use of a stiff BHA including a complete set of logging tools. In case of conventional sidetracking, it is preferable to use a short and flexible BHA.
The constant rotation of the drill string enables smooth weight transfer to the bit smooth, without failures. This contributes to effective and uniform ledge formation.
Such sidetracking can be carried out at an extended length of open hole when it is difficult to ensure a free movement of the BHA which is necessary of conventional sidetracking.
Constant rotation mitigates the risk of differential sticking.
More favorable conditions are created for BHA movement in an interval of the holes diversion and subsequently for liner running in.
It is possible to sidetrack with the use of a stiff BHA including a complete set of logging tools. In case of conventional sidetracking, it is preferable to use a short and flexible BHA.
The experience gained in Vostochno-Messoyakhskoye field can be extrapolate to other fields where multilateral wells are drilled with annular ledge formation.
Gas hydrates reservoirs are a type of unconventional reservoir that is an extremely abundant and ubiquitous source of energy. They are also relatively cleaner than most other hydrocarbon sources which makes them an even more attractive source of energy. The potential of this source of energy has, however, not been utilized since very little production has ever taken place from these reservoirs due to their complexity. This research provides an understanding of gas hydrates thermodynamics and reservoir properties in order to assist in properly modelling the hydrate flow in porous media. The research also provides a road map to the current production methods that have been used in pilot tests in order to produce from gas hydrates reservoirs. The production methods explained include depressurization, thermal stimulation, inhibitor injection, combined methods, carbon dioxide injection, and mining. The mechanism of each method is fully explained, and the advantages and disadvantages of each method are also explained. Several case studies worldwide are also discussed to show how each production method has been used to produce from the gas hydrate reservoirs. The results from the case studies are also used to reach conclusions on how each method can be improved upon. To the author’s knowledge, no publication has provided a complete overview on gas hydrates and their production mechanism which makes this research a crucial step in providing an overview on many aspects of gas hydrates reservoirs and their production mechanisms and potential. Understanding the mechanisms to produce from gas hydrate reservoirs is a crucial step in the hydrocarbon industry to allow us to tap into this vast source of energy in the near future.
Today, when most reservoirs have low productivity, the question of whether hydraulic fracturing can be applied to the oil rims becomes very important. During hydraulic fracturing at Novoportovskoe field, the operator was faced with a complex geological model of the reservoir characterized by an absence of strong barriers and minor contrasts in stress between interlayers associated with high risks of breakthrough into the gas zone. An outstanding example of oil rim stimulation and application of new technology was a project in Novoportovskoe field where 30-and 27-stage multistage fracturing operations (MSF) were successfully performed with a shifting ports completion operated by coiled tubing. Currently, oil and gas companies are increasingly demanding technical and technological aspects of the MSF, where the determining factors are the efficiency of operations, the number of stages, the length of the horizontal part of the well, the possibility of refracturing, and ability to open / close sleeves after operation for water and gas shut-off. The experience gained shows the possibilities of modern technologies, where the use of coiled tubing enables meeting the high requirements and also expanding the boundaries of the application. The 30-stage boundary was successfully overcome and allowed to increase the formation coverage by means of more fracturing stages. At the same time, the completion method made it possible to perform MSF without pulling the coiled tubing out of hole and to use all the capabilities and benefits of CT in the case of a screenout (SO). The teamwork between the customer and several of the contractor's product lines enabled successful completion of the integrated project under the difficult geological and climatic conditions of the Novoportovskoe field, which is located beyond the Arctic Circle. An optimized concept of MSF with the use of re-closable full-pass hydraulic fracturing sleeves, operated by a single-trip coiled tubing-conveyed shifting tool was developed and implemented.
With the current increase in demand on hydrocarbons, production from unconventional reservoirs has become extremely high. One of the most abundant, yet still not mass produced from, unconventional reservoirs is gas hydrates. This research investigates the applicability of steam injection in increasing gas recovery from gas hydrate reservoirs, and its impact on water production from gas hydrate reservoirs. The reservoir model was built based on data collected from previous models found in the literature. After specifying all parameters for the reservoir, and the hydrate layer, a systematic study was performed in order to assess the use of steam flooding as the primary hydrate production mechanism. The production methods studied include depressurization as the base case, and then steam injection. The conditions for the steam flooding were kept the same during all runs in order to be able to compare them. Results indicated that the use of the thermal stimulation alone without inhibitor managed to increase recovery, however, the problem of hydrate reformation occurred which caused a cessation of production. Also, water production increased significantly when using steam injection compared to depressurization, mainly due to the rapid hydrate dissociation during steam injection, and also due to the increased volume of water resulting from the injected steam. To the authors’ knowledge, no extensive study has been performed on using steam injection as the primary hydrate production mechanism, and assessing its impact on increasing water production form gas hydrate reservoirs. This research can help in improving real field gas hydrate projects by making the overall project much more economic by increasing hydrocarbon recovery.
Arctic is widely considering as the last world biggest storehouse of natural resources. But its unique nature should always remain the main concern for all the energy projects development in this area. To achieve this development of the Arctic should go along with innovative technologies development. The ambition of this paper is to provide assessment of main Arctic projects on international energy markets development.