This article presents brief summaries of detailed petrophysical evaluations of several fields that have been described in the SPE and Soc. of Professional Well Log Analysts (SPWLA) technical literature. These case studies cover some of the complications that occur when making net-pay, porosity, and water saturation (Sw) calculations. Prudhoe Bay is the largest oil and gas field in North America with more than 20 billion bbl of original oil in place (OOIP) and an overlying 30 Tscf gas cap. In the course of this determination, an extensive field coring program was conducted, which resulted in more than 25 oil-based mud (OBM) cores being cut in all areas of the field and some conventional water-based mud (WBM) and bland-mud cores in other wells. The background geologic understanding of the major reservoir, the Ivishak or Sadlerochit, and various technical studies have been presented in a number of technical papers.
Miscible injection is a proven, economically viable process that significantly increases oil recovery from many different types of reservoirs. Most miscible flooding projects use CO2 or nitrogen as solvents to increase oil recovery, but other injectants are sometimes used. This page provides an overview of the fundamental concepts of miscible displacement. Also provided are links to additional pages about designing a miscible flood, predicting the benefits of miscible injection, and a summary of field applications. Fieldwide projects have been implemented in fields around the world, with most of these projects being onshore North American fields.
In the early days of the oil industry, saline water or brine frequently was produced from a well along with oil, and as the oil-production rate declined, the water-production rate often would increase. This water typically was disposed of by dumping it into nearby streams or rivers. In the 1920s, the practice began of reinjecting the produced water into porous and permeable subsurface formations, including the reservoir interval from which the oil and water originally had come. By the 1930s, reinjection of produced water had become a common oilfield practice. Reinjection of water was first done systematically in the Bradford oil field of Pennsylvania, U.S.A. There, the initial "circle-flood" approach was replaced by a "line flood," in which two rows of producing wells were staggered on both sides of an equally spaced row of water-injection wells. In the 1920s, besides the line flood, a "five-spot" well layout was used (so named because its pattern is like that of the five spots on ...
The size of the individual seismic surveys has increased over the last decade, along with the generation of megamerge and even larger, what some operators call “gigamerge” surveys. The number of useful attribute volumes has also increased, such that interpreters may need to integrate terabytes of data. During the past several years, various machine learning methods including unsupervised, supervised and deep learning have been developed to better cope with such large amounts of information. In this study we apply several unsupervised machine learning methods to a seismic data volume from the Barents Sea, on which we had previously interpreted shallow high-amplitude anomalies using traditional interactive interpretation workflows. Specifically, we apply k-means, principal component analysis, self-organizing mapping and generative topographic mapping to a suite of attributes and compare them to previously generated P-impedance, porosity and Vclay displays, and find that self-organized mapping and the generative topographic mapping provide additional information of interpretation interest.
In the late 1980s, seismic facies analysis was carried out on 2D seismic data by visually examining the seismic waveforms that can be characterized by their amplitude, frequency and phase expression. Such information would be posted on maps and contoured to generate facies maps. As seismic data volumes increased in size with the adoption of 3D seismic data in the early 1990s, interpreters found that 3D seismic attributes highlighted patterns that facilitated the human recognition of geologic features on time and horizon slices, thereby both accelerating and further quantifying the interpretation. More recently, computer-assisted seismic facies classification techniques have evolved. Such methods or workflows examine seismic data or their derived geometric, spectral, or geomechanical attributes and assign each voxel to one of a finite number of classes, each of which is assumed to represent seismic facies. Such seismic facies may or may not represent geologic facies or petrophysical rock types. In this workflow, well log data, completion data, or production data are then used to determine if a given seismic facies is unique and should be lumped (or “clustered”) with other similar facies determined from attributes with similar attribute expression.
Wilson, Tawnya (Pioneer Natural Resources) | Handke, Michael (Pioneer Natural Resources) | Loughry, Donny (Pioneer Natural Resources) | Waite, Lowell (Pioneer Natural Resources) | Lowe, Brandon (Pioneer Natural Resources)
Over the last decade, the growth of unconventional resource development in the Midland Basin has significantly increased the disposal of produced water volumes. Disposal into the historic Grayburg-San Andres (GYBG-SNDR) reservoir has resulted in a dynamically changing pore pressure environment relative to deeper producing formations which is important to consider when planning drilling operations throughout the basin. A deep understanding of the GYBG-SNDR geology is imperative for reservoir management to ensure that produced water disposal does not hinder oil and gas production operations. This study describes the geologic controls on porosity and permeability distributions in GYBG-SNDR across the Midland Basin by utilizing core, modern well log suites, 3D seismic data, and saltwater disposal (SWD) well data.
In 2017, Pioneer acquired more than 1,000 feet of core in three wells over the GYBG-SNDR injection interval which were used to describe the depositional and diagenetic facies and calibrate a petrophysical model for a basin-wide well log dataset. The resultant log curves were used to construct maps describing the abundance and regional distribution of each lithology, which validated and further refined the depositional model. Observations resulting from the integration of the lithology maps, 3D seismic data, well log correlations and core were used to divide the basin into three distinct areas based upon the dominant lithologies and stratigraphic architecture. The three areas are separated by two major shelf margins representing a significant sea level drop at that time. These basin-wide trends provide a regional geologic framework in which to analyze SWD well performance.
Numerous geologic maps were created and tested against quality-checked and normalized SWD well performance data. Despite some scatter in the data (due to the differences in how the wells are operated, completed, and maintained) a positive linear correlation was found between SWD well performance and permeable dolomite footage. Additionally, anhydrite is most abundant in the northeastern part of the basin and is qualitatively associated with a decrease in permeable dolomite thickness, and therefore performance. Mapped matrix permeability is enhanced by fracture permeability related to syndepositional margin collapse and reactivation of older faults during the Laramide Orogeny. These features are documented throughout the Midland Basin using proprietary 3D seismic datasets and have been shown to be conduits for fluid flow resulting in dissolution and further dolomitization in some areas.
San Andres and Clearfork are two carbonate reservoir intervals that are present over a considerable area of the Permian Basin in west Texas. These reservoirs (e.g., Wasson, Slaughter, Seminole) contain several billion bbl of approximately 30 API oil. They are very-layered, heterogeneous carbonates and dolomites that have large variation in permeability from layer to layer. Interestingly, because of the complex hydrocarbon-accumulation history of this basin, much of this area has an underlying interval that contains residual oil saturation. Most of these reservoirs were discovered in the late 1930s and the 1940s.
Latin America-Caribbean Petrobras and CNPC have signed a memorandum of understanding in Beijing to begin negotiations on a strategic partnership, Petrobras has reported. The companies agreed in the document to jointly evaluate opportunities in Brazil and abroad in key areas of mutual interest. Petrobras, the Brazilian national oil company, said in a news release on its website that partnerships will represent an important strategy in its 2017–2021 business plan because of the potential benefits of risk sharing, increasing investment capacity, technological exchange, and strengthening corporate governance. YPF, Total, Wintershall, and BP have announced a USD 1.15-billion joint investment to increase shale gas production in Argentina. The provincial government in Neuquén, where the resource-rich Vaca Muerta Shale is located, has agreed to split the Aguada Pichana area into two parts and combine it with the Aguada de Castro area.
OMV has discovered natural gas and condensate at well 6506/11-10 in License PL 644B offshore Norway. The company-operated well targeted the Cretaceous Hades prospect and the Jurassic Iris prospect directly beneath it. The preliminary results showed a discovery of 20 million to 115 million recoverable BOE for Hades and 20 million to 130 million recoverable BOE for Iris with "very good" reservoir properties, OMV said. The project venturers are reviewing the discovery data to decide upon potential appraisal drilling. OMV has a 30% working interest in License PL 644/644B, with other interests held by Statoil (30%), Faroe Petroleum (20%), and Spirit Energy (20%).
The primary purpose of using traditional friction reducers in stimulation treatments is to overcome the tubular drag while pumping at high flow rates. Hydraulic fracturing is the main technology used to produce hydrocarbon from extremely low permeability rock. Even though slickwater (water fracturing with few chemical additives) used to be one of the most common fracturing fluids, several concerns are still associated with its use, including usage of freshwater, high-cost operation, and environmental issues. Therefore, current practice in hydraulic fracturing is to use alternative fluid systems that are cost effective and have less environmental impact, such as fluids which utilize high viscosity friction reducers (HVFRs), which typically are high molecular weight polyacrylamides. This paper carefully reviews and summarizes over 40 published papers, including experimental work, field case studies, and simulation work. This work summarizes the most recent improvements of using HVFR’s, including capability of carrying proppant, reducing water and chemical requirements, its compatibility with produced water, and environmental benefits in hydraulic fracturing treatments. A further goal is to gain insight into the effective design of HVFR based fluid systems.
The findings of this study are analyzed from over 26 field case studies of many unconventional reservoirs. In comparing to the traditional hydraulic fracture fluids system, the paper summaries many potential advantages offered by HVFR fluids, including: superior proppant transport capability, almost 100% retained conductivity, cost reduction, minimizing chemicals usage by 50%, less operating equipment on location, reducing water consumption by 30%, and fewer environmental concerns. The study also reported that the common HVFR concentration used was 4gpt. HVFRs were used in the field at temperature ranges from 120°F to 340°F. Finally, this work addresses up-to-date challenges and emphasizes necessities for using high viscosity friction reducers as alternative fracture fluids.