Revisiting Old Sands with a Different Perspective – A Pragmatic Approach for Maximizing Recovery from Gas Reservoirs

Devshali, Sagun (Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Ltd.) | Manchalwar, Vinod (Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Ltd.) | Deuri, Budhin (Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Ltd.) | Malhotra, Sanjay Kumar (Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Ltd.) | Prasad, Bulusu V.R.V. (Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Ltd.) | Yadav, Mahendra (Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Ltd.) | Kumar, Avinav (Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Ltd.) | Uniyal, Rishabh (Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Ltd.)



The paper describes the feasibility of revisiting old sands, for improving the recovery factors and enhancing production, which otherwise were already abandoned. The paper also outlines the systematic methods for predicting the onset of liquid loading in gas wells, evaluation of completions for optimization and comparison of various deliquification techniques. ONGC is operating in two gas fields in eastern and western regions in India. Earlier in both the fields, many sands had to be closed/isolated after the wells ceased to flow due to liquid loading in the absence of continuous deliquification. In order to predict liquid loading tendencies and identify opportunities for production enhancement, performance of 150 gas wells has been analyzed. To select most suitable deliquification technique for the present condition, all technically feasible methods have been evaluated and compared in order to get the maximum ultimate gas recovery possible.

After an extensive study, 3 wells were identified in the preliminary stage and SRP was selected as the most suitable Deliquification technique. Initially, two non-flowing wells, which had ceased due to liquid loading and were about to be abandoned, were selected. After SRP installation and sustained unloading of water for about 30 days, these wells started producing 12000 SCMD gas. In the third well, one of the top sands had earlier been isolated due to liquid loading and production history indicated that the isolated sand had a very good potential. Also, production from the well was declining in the current bottom operating sand as well due to liquid loading. Encouraged by the results that deliquification had yielded in the initial two gas wells, the isolated sand interval in the third well was opened again with the aim to revive production. The well was re-completed with SRP with both the reservoirs open. Before deliquification, the well was producing about 15000 SCMD gas from the bottom sand. After SRP installation and continuous deliquification, the well started producing gas at a stabilized rate of 45000 SCMD, thereby resulting in an additional gas recovery of 30000 SCMD for nearly one year as on date. The approach of putting in place continuous deliquification techniques has not only helped in enhancing production from the existing reservoirs, but has also opened up new avenues to revisit the earlier isolated / abandoned reservoirs for possible enhanced recoveries.