Reservoir Compartmentalisation in the JG Field - Western Desert Egypt

Hoogerduijn Strating, Eilard Hindericus (Shell Intl. E&P Co.) | Postuma, Willem (Shell Intl. E&P Co.)


The JG field is located in the North East Abu Gharadig (NEAG) Basin of the Western Desert in Egypt. With first production in 2002, it is the first commercial discovery in the
Middle Jurassic Lower Safa Reservoir Units in this basin. Oil and gas are produced from the tidally influenced estuary channel deposits in the Lower Safa A Unit and oil from the massive braided fluvial channels in the Lower Safa C Unit.

At first, the field was believed to consist of one single hydrocarbon column. However based on production behavior and additional well information it became apparent that the
field was highly compartmentalized in the vertical and horizontal domain. Since then multiple data sources have been leveraged in order to obtain better compartment definitions: 3D seismic, logs, PVT data, geochemical fingerprinting, repeat pressure surveys and production data.

The boundaries between the reservoir compartments are defined by a combination of faults and stratigraphic heterogeneities. Although clear in places, some compartment
boundaries can only be defined from non-geological data sources. Understanding these heterogeneities and compartment boundaries is essential for optimizing the field development.

Like so many fields the JG field proved to be more complex than initially expected. It is argued that extensive data gathering, in particular in the early field development, is essential in helping to timely identify and properly define such complexities.