Africa (Sub-Sahara) United Hydrocarbon International finished drilling the Belanga North-1 exploration well located in Doba basin in southern Chad. The well was drilled to a total depth of 1392 m, and encountered three oil-bearing sand intervals--two in the targeted Upper Cretaceous "YO" sands and one in an untested shallower sand. United Hydrocarbon (100%) is the operator. Asia Pacific China National Offshore Oil Corporation discovered natural gas in the Qiongdongan basin, South China Sea. Well Lingshui 17-2--located in the east Lingshui sag portion of the basin at an average water depth of 1450 m--was drilled and completed to a depth of 3510 m. Lingshui 17-2 encountered a gas reservoir with a total thickness of approximately 55 m. Statoil Australia Theta has drilled and completed the Oz-Alpha 1 exploration well in the southern Georgina basin in the Northern Territory, Australia.
Africa (Sub-Sahara) Oil was discovered at the Ekales-1 wildcat well located in northern Kenya. The well has a potential net oil pay in the Auwerwer and Upper Lokone sandstone reservoirs of between 197 ft and 322 ft. Tullow (50%) is the operator in partnership with Africa Oil (50%). Drillstem tests on the Pweza-3 well offshore Tanzania flowed at a maximum rate of 67 MMscf/D of gas. The tests confirmed the excellent properties of the Tertiary-section reservoir. BG Group (60%) is the operator in partnership with Ophir Energy (40%). Asia Pacific China National Offshore Oil Corporation issued a tender to invite foreign firms to bid for oil and gas blocks in the east and south China Sea. Twenty-five offshore blocks will be offered, including 17 in the South China Sea, three in the East China Sea, and five in the Yellow and Bohai seas.
Africa (Sub-Sahara) Drilling began on the Bamboo-1 well, located around 35 miles offshore Cameroon in the Ntem concession. The Bamboo prospect is a basin floor fan target within an Upper Cretaceous play. The well will be drilled to an estimated depth of 4200 m. Murphy Cameroon (50%) is the operator, with partner Sterling (50%). The Nene Marine 3 exploration well--located in the Marine XII block, which is around 17 km offshore Congo--encountered a wet gas and light oil accumulation in a presalt clastic sequence Eni (65%) operates the Marine XII block, with partners New Age (25%) and Société Nationale des Pétroles du Congo (10%). CNPC said PetroChina is now building a production facility capable of pumping 4 Bcm/yr.
Africa (Sub-Sahara) Oil samples have been recovered in the FAN-1 exploration well, being drilled offshore Senegal. Elevated gas and fluorescence were encountered in a shallow secondary target, and the presence of oil was confirmed by an intermediate logging program. Oil samples from thin sand were collected by a wireline formation tester for further analysis. The well will be deepened to a planned total depth of approximately 5000 m. Cairn is the operator (40%), with partners ConocoPhillips (35%), FAR (15%), and Senegalese national oil company Petrosen (10%). A drillstem test of BG Group's Mzia-3 well--located in Block 1, offshore southern Tanzania, at a water depth of around 1800 m--reached a maximum sustained flow rate of 101 MMscf/D of natural gas. The Mzia prospect is a multilayered field of Upper Cretaceous age with a gross gas column estimated at more than 300 m.
Africa (Sub-Sahara) Eni started production from the Nené Marine field, which sits in the Marine XII block in 28 m of water, 17 km offshore the Republic of the Congo. The first phase of the field produces from the Djeno pre-salt formation, 2.5 km below the ocean floor at a rate of 7,500 BOEPD. Future development will take place in several stages and will involve the installation of more production platforms and the drilling of at least 30 wells. Eni (65%) is the operator with partners New Age (25%), and Société Nationale des Pétroles du Congo (10%). The well's primary target is the Bunian structure: a four-way, fault-bounded anticline, which was defined by a 3D seismic survey. It will be drilled to a total depth of 1682 m.
Africa (Sub-Sahara) Aminex Petroleum Egypt (APE), a subsidiary of UK-based Aminex, discovered oil at its South Malak-2 (SM2) well on the West Esh el Mellaha-2 concession in Egypt. Tests showed flow rates of approximately 430 B/D of 40 API gravity crude oil. Based on the findings at SM2, a full field development program will be presented to the Egyptian authorities and the joint venture partners before commercial development. APE is the operator of the license with partner Groundstar Resources. Foxtrot International discovered oil and gas at its Marlin North-1 well in Block CI-27, offshore Cote d'Ivoire. A 22-m perforated section of a gas-bearing column in a Turonian interval flowed at a stabilized rate of 25 MMcf/D of gas and 150 B/D of condensate through a 46/64-in.
The component located below the lowest pump section and directly above the motor, in a standard electrical submersible pump (ESP) configuration, is the seal-chamber section. API RP 11S7 gives a detailed description of the design and functioning of typical seal-chamber sections. The seal-chamber section is basically a set of protection chambers connected in series or, in some special cases, in parallel. This component has several functions that are critical to the operation and run-life of the ESP system, and the motor in particular. Figure 1 shows the seal-chamber section of the ESP unit and its component parts.
Engineers need to predict the production characteristics from hydraulically fractured wells in tight gas fields. Decline curve analysis (DCA) has been widely used over many years in conventional oil and gas fields. It is often applied to tight gas, but there is uncertainty regarding the period of production data needed for accurate prediction.
In this paper decline curve analysis of simulated production data from models of hydraulically fractured wells is used to to develop improved methods for calibrating decline curve parameters from production data. The well models were constructed using data from the Khazzan field in Oman. The impact of layering, permeability and drainage area on well performance is also investigated. The contribution of each layer to recovery and the mechanisms controlling that contribution is explored.
The investigation shows that increasing the amount of production data used to fit a hyperbolic decline curve does not improve predictions of recovery unless that data comes from many years (20 years for a 1mD reservoir) of production. This is because there is a long period of transient flow in tight gas reservoirs that biases the fitting and results in incorrect predictions of late time performance. Better predictions can be made by estimating the time at which boundary dominated flow is first observed (tb), omitting the preceding transient data and fitting the decline curve to a shorter interval of data starting at tb. For single layer cases, tb can be estimated analytically using the permeability, porosity, compressibility and length scale of the drainage volume associated with the well. Alternatively, tb can be determined from the production data allowing improved prediction of performance from 2-layer reservoirs provided that a) there is high cross-flow or b) there is no cross-flow and the lower permeability layer either does not experience BDF during the field life time or it is established quickly.
A robust estimation of the Expected Ultimate Recovery (EUR) for fracture stimulated multi-layered tight gas wells, early in the production life of the wells, is the cornerstone for a meaningful project economic analysis, reserves classification and future field development plan, however, it actually presents significant challenges to reservoir engineers. The complex flow dynamic of a tight gas reservoir causes that the direct application of the most commonly used reservoir engineering techniques to characterize Original Gas In Place (OGIP) such as Static Material Balance (P/Z vs Gp plot) and Flowing Material Balance (FMB), and EUR estimation such as Decline Curve Analysis (DCA) can only provide reliable results within an acceptable level of uncertainty when significant production decline data is available (minimum 6 to 9 years of production history in the case of Big Lake wells). This makes early predictions of future production decline behavior hence EUR highly uncertain, sometimes even unrealistic and very subjective to the analyst, with significant potential impacts. The objective of this work is to present a practical workflow that provides suitable constraints to be applied to the otherwise poorly constrained DCA technique for EUR estimation by making appropriate adjustments to the results obtained from the standard reservoir engineering techniques when applied to the early production decline data of multi-layered tight gas wells, based on relevant correlations from a detailed production and reservoir analysis of numerous field cases from the Big Lake Field in the Cooper Basin. Specifically, the study illustrates: (1) that the OGIP from P/Z determined early in the production life of a well, although using imperfect Build-Up pressures (static pressure values taken at the well which are still building pressure due to reservoir characteristics and sampling period), can be reasonably corrected to better represent the long term connected OGIP to the well, through a correlation between P/Z and FMB analysis on existing wells.
Unconventional gas exploration in the Cooper Basin, Australia, has historically concentrated on fracture stimulation of tight gas sandstones within mapped structural closures. In drilling these sandstones, and other clastic reservoir targets, it has been recognised for many years that the Permian coal measures of the Toolachee, Epsilon and Patchawarra Formations record high levels of gas, often in excess of 4000 units, encountered at depths between 2500 and 3500m. Unlike shallower Coal-Seam-Gas reservoirs, which rely on de-pressuristion through de-watering to liberate adsorbed gas from the kerogen surface, deep coals are a "dry" system in which the free gas component is produced via kerogen and fracture permeability.
However maintaining a consistent and commercial flow rate from deep coals alone remained enigmatic until the first dedicated fracture stimulation program of deep Permian coals was commenced in the Moomba Field in 2007. Understandings of Permian source-rock reservoirs, the roles of the coal type and rank on sorption capacity and porosity, the influence of effective pressure and depth on coal permeability and the interrelation of coal fracture permeability with in-situ stress and mechanical stratigraphy has now advanced.
The deep Permian coal fairway in the Patchawarra and Nappamerri Trough of the Cooper Basin has been defined and mapped using a generative potential approach within a comprehensive 3D basin model. Net coal thicknesses from log electro-facies for 879 wells has been combined with available well maturity, TOC, HI and kerogen kinetic data, and calibrated against corrected temperatures in a basin-wide Trinity retention model which incorporates 14 mapped regional horizons. Play fairways have been overlain with observations of in-situ stress direction and fracture orientations from 3D seismic curvature volumes, FMI data and stress states from Mechanical Earth Models (MEM).
Within the basin, this approach has defined a P50 in-place resource of 14.6 TCF of gas and a P10 of 20.7 TCF of gas within the deep coals of the Permian Toolachee, Epsilon and Patchawarra Formations in Senex permits, of which 8-11 TCF is within the North Patchawarra Trough. MEM's have also demonstrated that deep coal seams are consistently in a normal stress state and therefore provide excellent scope for both propagating and constraining vertical fracture growth. Work is now underway to define further those areas, within the mapped resource parameters, which provide the best opportunity to site pilot lateral wells for multi-stage fracture stimulation within deep coals.