Tengiz Field Surveillance: Planning Strategy and Implementation

Tursinbayeva, Damira (Tengizchevroil) | Lindsell, Karl Michael (Tengizchevroil) | Zalan, Thomas Anthony (Tengizchevroil) | Dunger, Darrin Allen (Chevron Corporation) | Kassenov, Baurzhan (University of Tulsa) | Howery, Randy (Tengizchevroil)


Over the field life, surveillance in Tengiz oil field has provided historical and baseline data for simulation history matching, static and dynamic reservoir characterization and modeling, and the foundation for efficient well management. Hence, it continues to be an important part of everyday field operations. At the surveillance planning stage, the comprehensive opportunity list of well candidates is developed based on input provided by members of multiple teams: geologists and petrophysists, production and reservoir engineers, drilling and field operations specialists. SCADA system, permanent downhole gauges (PDHGs) and multiphase flow meters (MPFMs) are widely implemented for production data acquisition and analysis. However, the majority of surveillance activities still need well intervention into the high pressure, high H2S concentration wellbores, often during harsh weather conditions. Each job execution plan is therefore focused on the safest procedure to obtain the necessary data. Each planned survey in the surveillance plan is ranked according to the value of information to be obtained, in order to help schedule the timing of surveillance based on plant production needs.

The ultimate goal is to safely execute planned surveillance to support production optimization and field development work. This paper will highlight TCO success in addressing the different reservoir and well production uncertainties through a properly designed surveillance plan with both short and long-term objectives.