Value Creation from the Reservoir, Well and Facilities Management RWFM Planning in Multi-Stacked Mature Oil Rim Reservoirs, Offshore Sarawak Malaysia

Ho, Yeek Huey (Petroliam Nasional Berhad, PETRONAS) | Ahmad Tajuddin, Nor Baizurah (Petroliam Nasional Berhad, PETRONAS) | Elharith, Muhammed Mansor (Petroliam Nasional Berhad, PETRONAS) | Dan, Hui Xuan (Petroliam Nasional Berhad, PETRONAS) | Chiew, Kwang Chian (Petroliam Nasional Berhad, PETRONAS) | Tan, Kok Liang (Petroliam Nasional Berhad, PETRONAS) | Tewari, Raj Deo (Petroliam Nasional Berhad, PETRONAS) | Masoudi, Rahim (Petroliam Nasional Berhad, PETRONAS)



Managing a 47-year brownfield, offshore Sarawak, with thin remaining oil rims has been a great challenge. The dynamic oil rim movement has remained as a key subsurface uncertainty especially with the commencing of redevelopment project. A Reservoir, Well and Facilities Management (RWFM) plan was detailed out to further optimize the development decisions. This paper is a continuation from SPE-174638-MS and outlines the outcome of the RWFM plan and the results’ impact towards the development decisions, such as infill well placement and gas/water injection scheme optimization. Key decisions impact by the RWFM findings are highlighted.

One of the RWFM plans is oil rim monitoring through saturation logging to locate the current gas-oil contact (GOC) and oil-water contact (OWC). Cased-hole saturation logs were acquired at the identified observation-wells across the reservoir to map time-lapse oil rim movement and its thickness distribution. Pressure monitoring with regular static pressure gradient surveys (SGS) as well as production data, helped to understand the balance of aquifer strength between the Eastern and Western flanks. Data acquisition opportunity during infill drilling were also fully utilized to collect more solid evidences on oil rim positions, where extensive data acquisition program, including conventional open-hole log, wireline pressure test, formation pressure while drilling (FPWD) and reservoir mapping-while-drilling, were implemented.

The timely collection, analysis and assimilation of data helped the team to re-strategize the development / reservoir management plans, through the following major activities:

Re-strategizing water and gas injection plan to balance back oil rim between the Eastern and Western flanks, through deferment of drilling water injectors, optimization of water and gas injectors location and completion strategies due to stronger aquifer encroachment from east and south east.

Optimizing infill wells drainage points where 2 wells were relocated based on cased-hole logs, as the first well original location was swept and the second well was successfully navigated through the oil rim using reservoir mapping-while-drilling techniques coupled with cased-hole log results. This resulted in securing an oil gain of 4000 BOPD from these 2 wells.

Optimizing infill wells location and planning an additional infill well with potential additional oil gain of approximately 2000 BOPD.

The understanding of current contact and aquifer strength from the surveillance data assisted in identifying fit-for-purpose technology for the new wells such as the application of viscosity-based autonomous inflow control device which assisted in placing the well closer to GOC due to the observed rapid rising of water table, this will help sustaining the well life.

This paper highlights the importance of data integration from geological knowledge, production history, reservoir understanding and monitoring through regular SGS and time-lapse cased-hole saturation logging, coupled with extensive data acquisition during infill drilling. By analyzing and integrating the acquired data, project team can then confidently re-strategize and successfully execute the complex mature oil-rim brownfield redevelopment.