A Case Study of a Mature Field Redevelopment Using Propped Hydraulic Fracturing

Burnstad, R.G. (Talisman Energy Inc.) | Martin, A.N. (BJ Services) | Stemberger, D.J. (BJ Services) | Purwanto, B. (JOB Pertamina-Talisman Tanjung Ltd.)


This paper will detail how a mature oil field in the South Kalimantan region of Indonesia was revitalised by the use of hydraulic fracturing. The Tanjung Raya field is a complex, multilayered, mature oil field. This field was initially developed in the 1960's, with production peaking at over 55,000 bopd. By the mid 1990's, production had declined to less than 1,200 bopd. The introduction of a water flood increased production to a peak of 10,000 bopd, but this quickly declined at an average rate of circa 33% per year. With the introduction of a fracturing programme, based on treating existing and new wells, production has been maintained at a flat 7,000 bopd over the past two years. The hydraulic fracturing program has accounted for 80% of these significant production gains, adding more than 5.7 million barrels of recoverable reserves and extending the economic life of the field by more than 2.5 years.

Hydraulic fracturing is a process that is relatively underutilised in the Asia-Pacific region, as compared to North America, Latin America and the Middle East. With a couple of recent noticeable exceptions, the technique is either not considered during field development and redevelopment, or it is used on a one-off, remedial basis. However, fracturing can be an integral part of well design, and an effective tool when the technique is applied systematically by practitioners who understand its capabilities; as demonstrated in the Tanjung Raya field.

This paper will discuss how a significant increase in oil productivity from a mature field was attained with a very high propped fracture treatment success rate. It will also detail how the correct design of fracture treatments can enhance reservoir recovery rates, and fully utilise vertical wells as a low cost, effective alternative to horizontal wells, or to increase well spacing. The paper will also discuss the most significant issues of implementing such a program and how these issues were effectively dealt with in the Tanjung field.