Reserves estimation of thin oil columns - PetroWiki


Thin oil columns overlain by free gas and underlain by water pose difficult problems in well spacing and completion method, production policy, and reserves estimation. In this context, "thin" is a relative term. Whether an oil column is considered thin depends on costs to drill and produce the accumulation. For example, in the Bream field (Australia Bass Strait, 230 ft water depth), 44 ft was considered thin,[1] whereas in the Troll field (offshore Norway, 980 ft water depth), 79 ft was considered thin.[2] Onshore U.S.A., 20 ft is considered thin. Irrgang[3] takes a pragmatic approach, defining thin oil columns as those that "will cone both water and gas when produced at commercial rates."

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