A Reversed Geo-Dynamic Approach for Brownfield Rejuvenation

Ibrahim, Mahmoud (Wintershall Holding GmbH) | Hollmann, Gregor (Wintershall Holding GmbH)


Mahmoud (Mudi) Ibrahim and Gregor Hollmann, Wintershall Summary Brownfields in this paper are defined as mature fields where production declined to less than 35-40% of the plateau rate and where primary and secondary reserves have been largely depleted. Big data, high field complexity after a long production history, and slim economic margins are typical brownfield challenges. In the exploration-and-production (E&P) industry, "sequential" field-evaluation approaches (first "static," then "dynamic"), have proved successful for green field development, but often do not achieve satisfying results for brownfields. This paper presents a new work flow for brownfield reevaluation and rejuvenation. The "reversed" geo-dynamic field modeling (GDFM) rearranges existing elements of reservoir evaluation to obtain a purpose-driven, deterministic reservoir model, which can be quickly translated into development scenarios. The GDFM work flow is novel because (1) it turns upside down the discipline-driven sequential work flow (i.e., starts with the history match) and (2) it uses dynamic data as input to calibrate seismic (re-) interpretation that acts as a main integration step. It combines all available data already during horizon and fault mapping. Field diagnosis, flow-unit identification, well-test reanalysis, and petrophysical and geological interpretations are all combined in a cross-discipline interaction to guarantee data consistency. This directly ensures a fully integrated, "geo-dynamic" model that forms the basis for reservoir modeling.