This course discusses the fundamental sand control considerations involved in completing a well and introduces the various sand control techniques commonly used across the industry, including standalone screens, gravel packs, high rate water packs and frac-packs. It requires only a basic understanding of oilfield operations and is intended for drilling, completion and production personnel with some sand control experience who are looking to gain a better understanding of each technique’s advantages, limitations and application window for use in their upcoming completions.
Saputelli, Luigi (ADNOC) | Celma, Rafael (ADNOC) | Boyd, Douglas (ADNOC) | Shebl, Hesham (ADNOC) | Gomes, Jorge (ADNOC) | Bahrini, Fahmi (Frontender Corporation) | Escorcia, Alvaro (Frontender Corporation) | Pandey, Yogendra (Prabuddha)
Permeability and rock typing are two of the main outputs generated from the petrophysical domain and are particularly contributors to the highest degree of uncertainty during the history matching process in reservoir modeling, with the subsequent high impact in field development decisions. Detailed core analysis is the preferred main source of information to estimate permeability and to assign rock types; however, since there are generally more un-cored than cored wells, logs are the most frequently applied source of information to predict permeability and rock types in each data point of the reservoir model.
The approach of this investigation is to apply data analytics and machine learning to move from the core domain to the log domain and to determine relationships to then generate properties for the three-dimensional reservoir model with proper simulation for history matching. All wells have a full set of logs (Gamma Ray, Resistivity, Density and Neutron) and few have routine core analysis (Permeability, Porosity and MICP). On a first pass, logs from selected wells are classified into Self Organizing Maps (SOM) without analytical supervision. Then, core data is used to define petrophysical groups (PG), followed by linking the PG's to NMR pore-size distribution analysis results into pre-determined standard pore geometry groups, in this step supervised PGs are generated from the log response constrained by the relationship between pore-throat geometry (MICP) and pose-size distribution (NMR). Permeability-porosity core relationships are reviewed by sorting and eliminating the outliers or inconsistent samples (damaged or chipped, fractures or with local features). After that, the supervised PGs are used to train and calibrate a supervised neural network (NN) and permeability and rock type's relationships can be captured at log scale. Using dimensionality reduction improves the neural network relationships and thus data population into the petrophysical wells.
The result is a more robust model capable to capture over 80% of the core relationships and able to predict permeability and rock types while preserving the geological features of the reservoir. The application of this method makes possible to determine the relevance of core and log data sources to address rock typing and permeability prediction uncertainties. The applied workflows also show how to break the autocorrelation of variables and maximize the usage of logs.
This work demonstrates that the introduced data-driven methods are useful for rock typing determination and address several of the challenges related to core to log properties derivation.
Weijermans, Peter-Jan (Neptune Energy Netherlands B.V.) | Huibregtse, Paul (Tellures Consult) | Arts, Rob (Neptune Energy Netherlands B.V.) | Benedictus, Tjirk (Neptune Energy Netherlands B.V.) | De Jong, Mat (Neptune Energy Netherlands B.V.) | Hazebelt, Wouter (Neptune Energy Netherlands B.V.) | Vernain-Perriot, Veronique (Neptune Energy Netherlands B.V.) | Van der Most, Michiel (Neptune Energy Netherlands B.V.)
The E17a-A gas field, located offshore The Netherlands in the Southern North Sea, started production in 2009 from Upper Carboniferous sandstones, initially from three wells. Since early production history of the field, the p/z plot extrapolation has consistently shown an apparent Gas Initially In Place (GIIP) which was more than 50% higher than the volumetric GIIP mapped. The origin of the pressure support (e.g. aquifer support, much higher GIIP than mapped) and overall behavior of the field were poorly understood.
An integrated modeling study was carried out to better understand the dynamics of this complex field, evaluate infill potential and optimize recovery. An initial history matching attempt with a simulation model based on a legacy static model highlighted the limitations of existing interpretations in terms of in-place volumes and connectivity. The structural interpretation of the field was revisited and a novel facies modeling methodology was developed. 3D training images, constructed from reservoir analogue and outcrop data integrated with deterministic reservoir body mapping, allowed successful application of Multi Point Statistics techniques to generate plausible reservoir body geometry, dimensions and connectivity.
Following a series of static-dynamic iterations, a satisfying history match was achieved which matches observed reservoir pressure data, flowing wellhead pressure data, water influx trends in the wells and RFT pressure profiles of two more recent production wells. The new facies modeling methodology, using outcrop analogue data as deterministic input, and a revised seismic interpretation were key improvements to the static model. Apart from resolving the magnitude of GIIP and aquifer pressure support, the reservoir characterization and simulation study provided valuable insights into the overall dynamics of the field – e.g. crossflows between compartments, water encroachment patterns and vertical communication. Based on the model a promising infill target was identified at an up-dip location in the west of the field which looked favorable in terms of increasing production and optimizing recovery. At the time of writing, the new well has just been drilled. Preliminary logging results of the well will be briefly discussed and compared to pre-drill predictions based on the results of the integrated reservoir characterization and simulation study.
The new facies modeling methodology presented is in principle applicable to a number of Carboniferous gas fields in the Southern North Sea. Application of this method can lead to improved understanding and optimized recovery. In addition, this case study demonstrates how truly integrated reservoir characterization and simulation can lead to a revision of an existing view of a field, improve understanding and unlock hidden potential.
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.
When it came to decide where to collect a critical sample of fractured rock, a new method for turning microseismic data into a heat map designed to display the most intense fracturing activity was considered. Partitioning interwell tracer tests (PITTs) have been used to estimate remaining oil saturations (ROSs) during waterflooding. This paper reviews the design and implementation of a full-field interwell tracer program for a giant onshore oil field in Abu Dhabi. The surge in unconventional completions has created a substantial accumulation of previously hydraulically fractured wells that are candidates for hydraulic refracturing. Rising demand for flowback technologies to reduce uncertainties is leading to the creation of more hydrocarbon and water tracers.
The authors detail the development of a technique based on surface-to-borehole controlled-source electromagnetics (CSEM), which exploits the large contrast in resistivity between injected water and oil to derive 3D resistivity distributions, proportional to saturations, in the reservoir. In the complete paper, the authors present a novel methodology to model interwell connectivity in mature waterfloods and achieve an improved reservoir-energy distribution and sweep pattern to maximize production performance by adjusting injection and production strategy on the well-control level. This paper addresses the challenges in modeling highly unstable waterflooding, using both a conventional Darcy-type simulator and an adaptive dynamic prenetwork model, by comparing the simulated results with experimental data including saturation maps. An integrated multidisciplinary approach is required to determine an optimal design and strategy. This paper reviews the design and implementation of a full-field interwell tracer program for a giant onshore oil field in Abu Dhabi.
Petrobras says it can produce oil for a lower break-even price than onshore shale plays, including the Permian Basin. Brazil’s offshore sector has cut the cost of deepwater production but comparisons based on break-even prices are slippery. It's Hard To Make Money in Deepwater, Even With Billions of Barrels To Produce Low oil prices have made the goal of this Petrobras project and its four partners to lower the break-even price of operating to USD 35/bbl.
Make or Breakeven: Is Unconventional Oil Production Getting More Efficient? If the benchmark oil price is $10/bbl higher than the breakeven price for production that means companies are making good money, right? Maybe, but it’s hard to know what goes into a breakeven price. Petrobras says it can produce oil for a lower break-even price than onshore shale plays, including the Permian Basin. Brazil’s offshore sector has cut the cost of deepwater production but comparisons based on break-even prices are slippery.
With the API and a multi-operator group passing separate programs aimed at reducing methane emissions, the discussions on what defines an acceptable level of regulation continues within the industry. Fossil fuels will probably be at the forefront of energy and environmental policy under the new Trump Administration, says Charles D. McConnell, executive director of Rice University’s Energy and Environment Initiative, at a talk hosted by the Norwegian Consulate General in Houston. Europe’s largest onshore oil field, the Patos-Marinza in southern Albania, has been given a new lease on life after seeing production soar from 600 B/D just over a decade ago to more than 20,000 B/D this year.
Indigo Natural Resources, Aethon Energy, and Rockcliff Energy are among the most active operators in the revived Haynesville Shale of North Louisiana and East Texas. And most people outside of the region likely have never heard of them. Ghawar vs. Permian Basin: Is There Even a Comparison? While some try to put the two enormous oil producers toe-to-toe, the best thing to do might be to understand why they are different. Encana CEO Doug Suttles assures that shale executives are acutely aware of the parent-child well challenge, and he doesn’t think it’s “a big threat” to the sector.