Predicting the properties of reservoirs beyond the wellbore has been the cornerstone of reservoir characterization. The outcome provides the framework for efficient management and optimization of hydrocarbon reservoirs. Proper reservoir characterization affects all reservoir types and all stages during the life of a field. Far-field characterization encompasses seismic, electromagnetic, and other geophysical surveys. This characterization can be facilitated in various configurations such as cross-well or surface-to-wellbore, accomplished while drilling, in open and cased wells, and while producing hydrocarbons.
Abdulhadi, Muhammad (Dialog Group) | Tran, Toan Van (Dialog Group) | Chin, Hon Voon (Dialog Group) | Jacobs, Steve (Halliburton) | Suggust, Alister Albert (PETRONAS) | Usop, Mohammad Zulfiqar (PETRONAS) | Zamzuri, Dzulfahmi (PETRONAS) | Dolah, Khairul Arifin (PETRONAS) | Abdussalam, Khomeini (PETRONAS) | Munandai, Hasim (PETRONAS) | Yusop, Zainuddin (PETRONAS)
The first successful natural dump-flood in the Malaysian offshore environment provided numerous lessons learned to the operator. The minimal investment necessary for implementing the dump-flood coupled with the lack of recompletion opportunities in the subject wells suggested that direct execution without spending on expensive data gathering activity and extensive reservoir study makes more sense from a business point of view. A similar oil gain compared to a water injection project can be achieved at a significantly lower cost of USD 0.01 to 0.15 million in an offshore environment through dump-flooding.
The existing oil producers in the depleted reservoirs in Field B were originally completed and successfully drained oil from in a high-pressured watered-out reservoir below, making it an ideal dump-flood water source. The dump-flood was initiated by commingling the target and water source reservoir through zone change, allowing water to naturally cross-flow into the pressure depleted target reservoir. Once a memory production logging tool (MPLT) confirmed the cross-flow, the offtake well was monitored to determine the impact of the dump-flood and produce once the pressure was increased. Minimal investment was necessary because the operations were executed using slickline. The reservoir model will be calibrated once the positive impact of dump-flood is realized in the offtake well.
The first natural dump-flood in Reservoir X-2 has successfully produced 0.29 MMstb as of August 2018 with 600 BOPD incremental oil gain. The incremental recovery factor (RF) from the first dump-flood is predicted to be from 5 to 8%. Based on this success, it was decided to replicate the dump-flood project in other depleted reservoirs with Reservoir X-2 as an analog. Four reservoirs were subsequently identified, each with an estimated operational cost of approximately USD 0.01 million and potential incremental reserves of 0.10 to 0.20 MMstb per reservoir. The minimal investment necessary, the idle status of the wells and reservoirs, and the potential incremental reserves suggested that it is more appealing to proceed with implementing the dump-flood without undergoing an extensive and costly reservoir study. With reservoir connectivity being important to the success of dump-flooding, a more cost-effective approach would be to confirm the connectivity by monitoring the offtake well after the dump-flood is initiated. This approach provides more value because the cost of interference or pulse testing is significantly more expensive than the cost of the dump-flood itself while reservoir connectivity was already indicated as likely by geological data (map and seismic). Through a value driven approach, these dump-flood opportunities become more economically viable, allowing the operator to prolong the life of the assets and maximize the field profit.
This paper discusses using a value driven and business approach to implement the dump-flood in a mature field. Valuable insight into the business and technical considerations of implementing dump-floods are described, which are relevant to the industry, especially in today's low margin business climate.
Khare, Sameer (Cairn Oil & Gas vertical of Vedanta Limited) | Baid, Rahul (Cairn Oil & Gas vertical of Vedanta Limited) | Prusty, Jyotsna (Cairn Oil & Gas vertical of Vedanta Limited) | Agrawal, Nitesh (Cairn Oil & Gas vertical of Vedanta Limited) | Gupta, Abhishek Kumar (Cairn Oil & Gas vertical of Vedanta Limited)
The objective of the paper is to present the methodology adopted for dual artificial system modeling in Aishwariya field– an onshore oil field located in prolific Barmer Basin, India. This paper presents a conceptual and feasibility study of combination of Jet pump (JP) and Electrical Submersible Pump (ESP) together as means of artificial lift for production enhancement in a well. It discusses the workflow to model a well producing on dual artificial lift (ESP producing in combination with Jet-Pump) via industry standard software and demonstrates the same with a successful case study.
Requirement of ESP change outs to restore/enhance well production in cases such as undersized pumps, pump head degradation requires an expensive work-over. However, an option for secondary additional lift (JP) installation along with primary lift (ESP) in completion system can eliminate the costly wok-over requirement if both lifts can operate simultaneously.
The procedure to model the dual artificial lift (JP and ESP) has two major components: a) Psuedo IPR at ESP discharge node and b) Standard JP modeling using pseudo IPR. Pseudo IPR is generated by modifying well specific IPR using ESP pump curve for a specific frequency. The down-hole ESP pump intake & discharge pressure sensors help calibrate the model accurately for further prediction.
The existing completion in the Aishwariya field is ESP completion with the option of JP installation in cases of ESP failures as contingency. Moreover, jet pump can be installed using slick line with minimum well downtime (∼ 6 hrs). Therefore, installing and operating the Jet pump above a running ESP will not only increase the drawdown but will result in production enhancement with minimal cost.
Well interference in unconventional CBM reservoirs is often desired. It reduces reservoir pressure; significantly increasing gas production through desorption. However, identifying interference between wells and extracting quantitative reservoir information using production data analysis is a challenge. The primary objectives of this study are to identify production characteristics of interfering CBM wells, evaluate reservoir parameters, demonstrate the application of interference data using field examples to predict well performance and develop guidelines to optimize geospatial well-pattern.
A field wide interference study has been undertaken to track changes in gas rate, water rate, wellhead pressure and fluid level in each well. An ‘event-based’ filter is applied to the dataset to correlate production behaviour of a well with any unplanned ‘event’ in its offset well. Planned well tests are then conducted to ascertain these evidences of interference. Using production data analysis of interfering wells, a set of semi-analytical correlations have been developed based on the transient drainage radius model to determine production-governing permeability of coal formation, and also quantify the flow contribution of natural fractures and reservoir matrix.
Preliminary analysis of the study demonstrates several forms of interference. Well specific field examples have been presented for each case. Interference between producing wells having long production history show a trend reversal in gas flow rate due to additional dewatering support by its offset well. Similar behaviour is observed in the production characteristics of an old producer when a new well is drilled in a nearby location. However, effects of interference are more dominant when a well stimulation activity (fracturing or re-fracturing) is carried out in an offset well. During stimulation activity, offset wells show an abnormal decline in gas rate and wellhead pressure due to fracking fluid (water) load up in the reservoir. Conversely, a significant positive impact is seen in gas rate of both wells after the well is put back on production due to improved water production rate in the stimulated well. Permeability calculations show that natural and artificial fractures dominate production behaviour of CBM wells. The study also presents results of various simulated geo-spatial well patterns. Furthermore, it is shown that planned interference at an early time with an economically designed well spacing can maximize the production NPV of an asset for an operator.
The optimal well spacing to maintain and/or increase gas production with the right amount of resources is critical for maximised returns. This result of this study can be used as foundation to help operators optimize multi-well pad and future infill well development program based on the assessment of short-term and long-term recovery targets.
Digital core generated from micro CT images of rock sample cutting and results obtained from digital core analysis are presented in this work as a substitute of conventional core study for Petrophysical evaluation. Conventional core extraction during drilling, core preservation and analysis are expensive, time consuming processes and often unavailable for small size fields. Moreover, routine and special core analysis results are a critical input for petrophysical characterization. In this situation, digital core study appears to be a cost effective substitute to ensure and validate petrophysical evaluation results.
High resolution 3D micro CT imaging and analysis was done on rock samples cut during drilling or on sidewall core plugs cut by wireline logging tool. Segmented micro CT image slices when combined in 3D space in three orthogonal directions, can be termed as digital core. Solid rock matrix, clay filled and porous rock portions are distinctly separable using micro CT images and their volume fractions can be estimated. Detail textural analysis in terms of Grain and pore throat size distribution of the rock is possible from digital core which controls storage capacity and flow behavior. Two critical petrophysical input parameters for fluid saturation (Sw) estimation are cementation exponent (m) and saturation exponent (n). These parameters are commonly computed from special core analysis (SCAL) on conventional core plugs. But digital core study can provide the estimates of ‘m’ and ‘n’ which replace the need of SCAL.
Digital core study has been carried out in three different reservoirs in west and east coast of India and the results were analyzed. Porosity and permeability data obtained from digital core was first compared with log analysis results and then used to identify different petro physical rock types (PRT). Fluid saturation (Sw) was estimated from resistivity log by using ‘m’ and ‘n’ exponent obtained from digital core seems to be more realistic and corroborates with well test results. Porosity, permeability, water saturation and rock types (PRT) were helped to build geo-cellular model (GCM) for small and marginal reservoir.
Enhanced reservoir characterization by using digital core study result has helped in better understanding and decision making for small and marginal fields where limited well data is available. Finally this leads to the preparation of field development plan (FDP). Digital core technique is less expensive, having quick turnaround time than conventional coring which has translated into high value business impact for any development project.
Cement is a key element for successful drilling and completing of a well. From oil and gas wells to geothermal applications, cement is a major material ensuring zonal isolation. With an increase in global energy needs and an expected uptick in drilling and plugging and abandonment activities, evaluating and understanding cement properties is crucial, since these properties are used in various engineering designs and calculations. The objective of this paper is to present how Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) can be used to understand the cement hydration process and the development of key properties such as strength and porosity. NMR applications for cement include determination of porosity, water interactions, identification of hydration stages and C-S-H gel development with curing time. Since water is present in all cement slurries, NMR can potentially help to understand microstructural changes in cement during curing. Data from more than 600 cement specimens cured for more than a year are compiled. Standard cement properties such as UCS (unconfined compressive strength) are compared with NMR responses. In this paper, we document cement hydration and porosity changes through NMR measurements in samples with five different recipes. Our study also confirms a strong correlation between NMR response and cement strength.
Baker Hughes drilled one horizontal well for major Indian operating company in a, low resistivity contrast field, onshore India. The candidate field / basin is a proved petroliferous basin, located in the northeastern corner of India.
The scope of work for this project involved integrating geological and open hole offset parameters to build a Geosteering model. Integrated data included a study of offset well data from the field, regional and local dip analysis from wellbore images, and a review of structural maps. Successful integration of these data helped to steer the well in the desired zone as per plan and make the best use of the data and to reduce uncertainties in Geosteering, drilling. Although high-quality 16-sector images commonly yield bedding dip, fracture and other geological information, this paper emphasizes how real-time reservoir navigation decisions was made using Geosteering modelling, real-time image processing, dip picking study etc.
Vertical Interference tests (VIT) are used to determine the hydraulic connectivity between the formation sand intervals. This paper showcases an innovative workflow of using the petrophysical log attributes to characterize a heterogeneous reservoir sand by making use of ANN (Artificial Neural Net) and SMLP (Stratigraphic Modified Lorentz) based rock typing techniques as well as image based advanced sand layer computation techniques.
Vertical interference test is either performed using a wireline formation testing tool with multiple flow probes deployed in a vertical sequence at desired depth points on the borehole wall or using a drill stem test configuration. Based on the test design, flow rates are changed using downhole pumps, which induces pressure transients in the formation. The measured pressure response is then compared with a numerical model to derive the reservoir parameters such as vertical permeability, hydraulic connectivity etc. The conventional way of model generation is to consider a section of reservoir sand as homogenous, which generally leads to over estimation or underestimation of vertical permeabilities. The technique proposed in this paper utilizes advanced logs such as image logs; magnetic resonance logs, water saturation and other advanced lithology logs to obey heterogeneity in the reservoir model by utilizing ANN/SMLP based rock-typing techniques. These rock types would be helpful in making a multi layer formation model for the VIT modeling and regression approach. The vertical interference test model is then used to determine the vertical permeability values for each of the individual rock types. The paper displays the workflow to utilize the rock type based layered formation model in vertical interference test modeling for a channel sand scenario.
The expansion of unconventional resources development has placed emphasis on better understanding of hydraulic fracturing stimulation effectiveness and the area of pay affected by the fracture treatment to optimize well spacing and improve completion and stimulation effectiveness. Existing fracture diagnostic methods such as microseismic monitoring and tiltmeters do not provide information about fracture connectivity to the wellbore. In this paper, we present a chemical tracer flowback based fracture diagnostic and analysis methods to estimate the fractional contribution of each created fracture stage, which is open and connected to the wellbore to help improve field development strategies and provide valuable information on optimal well paths for future drilling and development. The findings out from the stage production contribution profiles using the chemical tracer technology allows engineers to improve stimulation efficiency in multistage hydraulic fracturing horizontal wells applications for completion optimization and production enhancement. Two case histories are presented in which the chemical tracer technology was applied to two horizontal wells. The results of the chemical tracer analysis were correlated to production data, reservoir parameter and other diagnostic tests. The resultant findings from the analysis help evaluate completion and stimulation effectiveness and determine the extent of inter-well connectivity of the fracture network and then used to optimize future completions in the region.
Barmer Hill Turbidites (BHT) are low permeability reservoirs in the Vijaya & Vandana field with an approximate in place reserve of a billion barrels. The field was discovered in 2004 with the discovery wells V-1 and V-2 respectively. Post drilling and completion these wells were tested without any stimulation technique, resulting in ~ 25 – 50 BOPD flow owing to tight nature of these formations. Subsequently the zones were hydraulically fractured and tested resulting in ~ 10 – 12 folds increase in the production rate of the oil. Also, the testing of multiple stacked reservoirs in these two wells further confirmed BHT-10 to be the most prolific zone in terms of commercial flow rates achievable. Apart from being tight formations, the low net to gross on reservoirs (<20%) further added to the challenges of devising a strategy to make these reservoirs flow at sustained commercial oil rates. Hence, when the field was taken for the next stage of a hydrocarbon field lifecycle i.e. the appraisal campaign, two very clear objectives were identified for achieving a successful appraisal campaign viz. hydraulically frac and test two of the existing wells in the field while aiming to connect the maximum available KH and ensure effective data acquisition through injection tests and temperature logs with an aim to calibrate the existing stress logs and eventually build a robust frac model.
The dynamic geo-mechanical parameters i.e. Young’s Modulus and Poisson’s Ration were calculated from the open hole sonic logs and were converted to static data using the lab measured value from the core tests. Stress logs generated from these static data points were used for the initial frac designing in the wells. During the execution phase of the frac campaign, at every opportunity available, injection tests were carried out and fall off data were acquired to estimate the closure pressures actually observed in these zones. Post acquiring the measured stress data, the earlier calculated stress logs were calibrated using these measured closure points (frac gradients) by incorporating the stress components due to strain factors (ɛmin & ɛmax) in both max and min direction of the principle stresses.
Post every data injection, temperature logs were also acquired. This gave a better control on frac height (hydraulic height) based on the cool downs observed on the temperature logs. This proved to be a very important data set in comparing the height predicted by the calibrated stress logs versus the height estimated from the temperature log cool downs. This step helped in gaining confidence on the model predictability. This also helped in real time frac design optimization and placement of perforation intervals for the main frac designs. Further, the entire model calibration exercise also helped in arriving at a porosity based leak off equation.
The paper endeavors to discuss in detail the entire workflow used during this appraisal campaign to arrive at a calibrated and a robust frac model whilst showcasing the journey taken from 50 BOPD to 500 BOPD in these tight oil sands to achieve ~ 10 fold production increase. Authors, further, emphasize on the importance of carrying out such data acquisitions during the appraisal phase of a field to gain better control on the models. This paper will also elaborate on the strategy deployed for these data acquisition to optimize the fracs in real time and to integrate different data sets for calibrating the geo-mechanical and frac simulation models.