Field-Scale Production Optimization with Intelligent Wells

Ilamah, Osho (Nexen Petroleum UK Limited) | Waterhouse, Ross (Nexen Petroleum UK Limited)



Intelligent wells with inflow control valves enable flexible management of multiple reservoir intervals. In this paper, we describe model based optimization of inflow control valve settings for a producing North Sea field. A two step, non-invasive, iterative pattern search optimization algorithm is applied. The first step provides global search of the feasible region using a discrete genetic algorithm whereas the second step provides local search around the incumbent solution. To account for reservoir uncertainties, optimization is performed on a diverse set of history matched reservoir model realizations, within an automated framework. The results show a significant improvement in predicted reservoir production performance over the remaining life of the field.