Hydraulic fracturing with slickwater is a common practice in developing unconventional resources in North America. The proppant placement in the fractures largely determines the productivity of the well as it affects the conductivity of fractures. Despite the wide use of the slickwater fracturing and the importance of the proppant placement, the proppant transport is still not fully understood and the efficiency of the proppant placement is mostly bound to the changes to proppant properties, friction reducers, and guar technology. Although the degradable fiber is currently used in some cases, it has not been well investigated. In this experimental study, we conducted proppant transport experiment using different fluid composition of fiber and guar gum in three types of proppant transport slot equipment. The results indicate that the use of degradable fibers with or without the guar gum as viscosifier can produce fracture slurry applicable in both conventional and unconventional fracturing helping proppant placement in the reservoir.
Sand management has become in one of the most vital factors in today's upstream oil and gas industry, more and more are the cases where the sand control systems play an important factor to determine the economic viability of each project. This paper will focus in a solution for sand problems in ESP systems applying to sand slug breakdown using a 10 V-Mesh Sand Screen to homogenize the solid inflow in the system so it would be easier to handle the solids through the ESP's stages. The implementation of the screen intake for the homogenization of solids in an ESP well allowed to efficiently manage sand slugs, improving the pump efficiency and avoiding blocking problems in the pump caused by sand. Furthermore, the system allows increasing the frequency of operation of the ESP motor to have a greater drawdown, increasing the production of the fluid from 1600 BFPD to 1800 BFPD. The behavior of the sensor data such as vibration, current, and voltage remained stable throughout the period evaluated, extending the run life of the system.
Zones of increased fracture density related to the tectonic disturbances and connected to the protrusions and recesses of the consolidated basement were identified with the application of seismo-dynamic analysis of the seismic data. This is done for the first time on Povkhovskoe oil field located in Western Siberia.
Daily and monthly rates of the producing wells in relation to their location within the geological structure were analyzed. The analysis showed a pattern of increased well productivity by more than 2 times when approaching the areas with high density of fractures. At a distance of more than 500 m from the tectonic disturbances the fluid inflow rates significantly decrease and the performance of hydraulic fracking provides only short-term effect. The deterioration of the reservoir properties is due to a decrease in the value of the reservoir rock permeability because of the decrease in the proportion of fractures and the predominance of the pore space. Reservoir type changes from fractured or fractured-porous reservoir type to porous-only type.
The dependence of high oil saturation of the productive formation from the presence of the tectonic disturbances was recorded. Exploitation of producing wells confirms the assumption of oil moving along the sub-vertical zones of destruction and contributing to the primary target Upper Jurrasic-1 reservoir. Drilling of sidetracks from low oil rate and high water saturation wells in the areas with increased fracture network identified by seismo-dynamic analysis showed a high efficiency of the operations leading to a high-rate production including a substantially lower water-cut oil production (up to 5% of water) at the site where the surrounding production wells have water-cut of 99-100%. Meanwhile, reservoir characteristics of the Upper Jurrasic-1 formation are identical. Based on the results of research identified were prospective deposits for the drilling of production wells on the edges of the hydrocarbon accumulation in areas with high fracture density and suggested were the borehole sidetracks of wells that are plugged and abandoned.
Thus, the detailed structural and tectonic structure of the basement surface and the Jurassic sediments allows to select complex, small-scale geological features, which will be very prospective for the detection of small oil deposits, to specify the location of exploration wells, to start the search for deposits in areas of sub-vertical degradation in the Middle and Lower Jurassic sediments, basement rocks in areas with overlying hydrocarbon deposits already in development. Identifying zones of high density fracturing, including those associated with horizontal shear zones, allows to adjust the contour outlines of the alleged existing deposits and to discover prospective areas with the increased permeability. Described zones and areas are likely to be located close to faults originating in the basement.
Krutko, Vladislav (Gazpromneft Scientific and Technical Center) | Belozerov, Boris (Gazpromneft Scientific and Technical Center) | Budennyy, Semyon (Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, Center for Engineering and Technology) | Sadikhov, Emin (Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, Center for Engineering and Technology) | Kuzmina, Olga (Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, Center for Engineering and Technology) | Orlov, Denis (Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology) | Muravleva, Ekaterina (Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology) | Koroteev, Dmitri (Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology)
A framework for porous media topology reconstruction from petrographic thin sections for clastic rocks is proposed. The framework is based on two sequential stages: segmentation of thin sections imagesinto grains, porous media, cement (with further mineralogical classification of segmented elements) and reconstructing a three-dimensional voxel model of rock at pore scale.
The framework exploits machine learning algorithms in order to segment2D thin section images, perform structural and mineralogical classification of grains, cement, pore space, and reconstruct 3D models of porous media. Segmentation of petrographic thin section images and mineral classification of the segmented objects are performed by the means of combination of image processing methods and Convolutional Neural Networks (CNNs). The 3D porous media reconstruction is done by means of the Generative Adversarial Networks (GANs) are applied to the segmented and classified 2D images of thin sections.
As the criteria of the reconstruction quality, the following metrics were numerically calculated and compared for original and reconstructed synthetic 3D models of porous rocks: Minkowski functionals (porosity, surface area, mean breadth, Euler characteristic) and absolute permeability. Absolute permeability was calculated using pore network model. The 3D reconstruction framework was tested on a set of thin sections and CT tomograms of the clastic samples from the Achimovskiy formation (Western Siberia). The results showed the validity of the goodness-of-fit metrics based on Minkowski functionals for reconstruction the topology of porous media. The combined usage of CNN and GAN allowed to create a robust 3D topology reconstruction framework. The calculated poroperm characteristics are correlated with laboratory measurements of porosity and permeability.
The developed algorithms of automatic feature extraction from petrographic thin sections and 3D reconstruction based on these features allow to achieve the following goals. First is the reduction of the amount of the routine work done by an expert during petrographic analysis. Second leads to the reduction of the number of expensive and time-consuming CT scannings required for each physical sample in order to perform further absolute and relative permeability calculations. The proposed method can bring the petrographic thin section and CT data analysis to a new level and significantly change traditional core experiments workflow in terms of speed, data integration and rock sample preparation.
As data computing and big data driven analytics become more prevalent in a number of spatial industries, there is increasing need to quantify and communicate uncertainty with those data and resulting spatial analytical products. This has direct implication in oil & gas exploration and development where big data and data analytics continue to expand uses and applications of spatial and spatio-temporal data in the industry without providing for effective communication of spatial uncertainty. The result is that communications and inferences made using spatial data visuals lack crucial information about uncertainty and thus present a barrier to accurate and efficient decision making. With increasing cost awareness in oil & gas exploration and development, there is urgent need for methods and tools that help to objectively define and integrate uncertainty into business decisions.
To address this need, the Variable Grid Method (VGM) has been developed for simultaneous communication of both spatial patterns and trends and the uncertainty associated with data or their analyses. The VGM utilizes varying grid cell sizes to visually communicate and constrain the uncertainty, creating an integrated layer that can be used to visualize uncertainty associated with spatial, spatio-temporal data or data-driven products.
In this paper, we detail the VGM approach and demonstrate the utility of the VGM to intuitively quantify and provide cost-effective information about the relationship between uncertainty and spatial data. This allows trends of interest to be objectively investigated and target uncertainty criteria defined to drive optimal investment in improved subsurface definition. Examples are presented to show how the VGM can thus be used for efficient decision making in multiple applications including geological risk evaluation, as well as to optimize data acquisition in exploration and development.
Today, uncertainty, if it is provided at all, is generally communicated using multiple independent visuals, aggregated in final displays, or omitted altogether. The VGM provides a robust method for quantifying and representing uncertainty in spatial data analyses, offering key information about the analysis, but also associated risks, both of which are vital for making prudent business decisions in oil & gas exploration and development.
Field presented here is located in offshore Abu Dhabi, consisting of multi-stacked reservoirs with different fluid and reservoir properties. In this paper, field development plan of one of reservoir has been presented which was initially planned to be developed with pattern water injection by more than 50 horizontal wells penetrating all the ten oil bearing layers from 9 well head towers. Reservoir consists of under-saturated oil with low gas-oil ratio and low bubble point. Initial 2 years of production was considered as Early Production Scheme (EPS period), during which significant amount of early production data consisting of downhole pressure measurement, time-lapse MDT, vertical interference data, PLT have been collected. Based on EPS data simulation model has been updated. Simulation fits well with the observed pressure gauge and time-lapse MDT data. Updated model gives good prediction for a year of blind test data (including saturation, MDT and porosity) collected from different wells several kilometers away from current development area reflecting a high level of confidence in areal and vertical connectivity representation. Considering other reservoir uncertainties different Development plans have been screened using updated model in order to improve recovery factor and economics. Based on development plan screening study, optimized development option has been chosen for Full Field Development.
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.
SPE is educating the next generation of aspiring engineers, scientists and managers about the oil and gas industry. This is an opportunity for school students in grades 9–12, studying Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Geography or interested in Petroleum Engineering are invited to join SPE members from all over the globe to discover the world of Petroleum Engineering. School teachers are invited to bring a group of 10–15 students. Students will be treated to a range of hands-on activities and presentations from renowned engineers. The oil price outlook coupled with the response of each oil and gas company to make ends meet has led to severe exploration budget cuts.
Green fields today mostly can be regarded as marginal fields and successfully developed. It covers the complete assessment of the oil and gas recovery potential from reservoir structure and formation evaluation, oil and gas reserve mapping, their uncertainties and risks management, feasible reservoir fluid depletion approaches, and to the construction of integrated production systems for cost effective development of the green fields. 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.