Dashti, Qasem M. (Kuwait Oil Company) | Al-anzi, Ealian H.D. (Kuwait Oil Company) | Al- Doheim, Aref (Kuwait Oil Company) | Kabir, Mir Md Rezaul (Kuwait Oil Company) | Acharya, Mihira Narayan (Kuwait Oil Company) | Al-Ajmi, Saad (Kuwait Oil Company)
Robustness of measurement while drilling (MWD) and logging while drilling (LWD) tools is laboratory-tested and rigorously field-tested for the expected operating and measurement specifications. Such tools have been used in the industry for decades with proven track record of stability. However, a typical tool string deployed as a part of bottom-hole assembly (BHA) has recently failed to withstand the unexpected BH conditions during drilling of the pilot hole using potassium formate mud (KFM), a heavy water based mud. The failure occurred within a deep-fractured calcareous kerogen section (CKS).
The tools had multiple surface communication failures; the first one was resolved as debris was found obstructing the rotor-starter part before drilling the CKS. The second failure occurred in the back-up tools, after drilling into the CKS and remained unexplained throughout drilling with the expectation of BH data recorded on memory. Inspection of the tool components, once the drilling was completed, revealed two major findings: First, some parts of the BHA, specifically the components of the CuBe tool had "vanished??. Secondly, the recovered tool parts had further damage due to corrosion and pitting. In addition, an unexpected color change in metal body parts was observed.
In the paper, the authors explain the unique mystery of tool eating "down-hole ghost??. Similar tools were previously used without an issue at comparable high pressure and temperature conditions and in geological sections alike in Kuwait in drilling with oil-based mud. The service provider's operational experience elsewhere has failed to explain the bizarre outcome, as they had not encountered similar incidents of vanishing tool parts and down-hole color change. The claim was that similar tools were successfully operated in water-based mud drilling including KFM. This claim was confirmed prior to the field execution with metallurgical compatibility tests carried out by the mud supplier.
The North Kuwait Jurassic Gas (NKJG) reservoirs are currently under development by KOC. The fractured carbonate reservoirs contain gas condensate and volatile oil at pressures up to 11,500 psi with 2.9% H2S and 1.5% CO2. Currently around 20 active wells are producing to an Early Production Facility (EPF-50) that falls short of achieving the desired capacity and capability to handle production efficiently.
To understand wells and field performance, an integrated system model comprising of wells, flow line and gathering system separator network was created. The setting up a model and its use is an integral subset of WRFM (Wells, Reservoir and Facilities Management) process that is essential for effectively managing the current asset and for further field development.
The application of the model is to be an enabler for wider implementation of the WRFM process in KOC and a tool to meet the following objectives:
The model has shown close approximation with field metered production and is already achieving many of its desired objectives.
This paper describes the use of integrated nodal analysis model to generate data gathering and well intervention opportunities not only to operate the facilities efficiently but understand well and reservoir behavior for input to full field development plan.
Exploration activity during the last ten years, targeting Jurassic carbonate reservoirs in North Kuwait (Fig 1), has culminated in the discovery of six major tight gas condensate fields, encompassing an area of about 1,800 sq km with a reservoir gross thickness of about 2,200 ft. These fields are the first free-gas fields in Kuwait, which were put on early production during 2008. The reservoirs are characterized with dual porosity matrix system, dominated by low porosity and permeability, in deep HP/HT conditions, with wide variety of hydrocarbon fluids ranging from volatile oil to gas condensate with sour gas. Typical per well production rates are up to 5,000 BOPD/BCPD and 10 MMSCFPD, making them an excellent commercial success.
Acharya, Mihir Narayan (Kuwait Oil Company) | Kabir, Mir Md Rezaul (Kuwait Oil Company) | Al-Ajmi, Saad Abdulrahman Hassan (Kuwait Oil Company) | Pradhan, San Prasad (Kuwait Oil Company) | Dashti, Qasem M. (Kuwait Oil Company) | Al-anzi, Ealian H.D. (Kuwait Oil Company) | Chakravorty, Sandeep (Schlumberger)
The deep, sub-salt reservoir complex is tiered with fractured tight carbonate at bottom and top, with the two sub-units of "upper unconventional kerogen?? and "lower inter-bedded kerogen-carbonate?? in the middle. This depositional setting is challenging for horizontal well placement where the thicknesses of respective sub-units are about 50 and 30 feet with varying geomechanical and petrophysical properties. Additionally, this complexity poses limitations in completions and effective stimulation of the Kimmeridgian-Oxfordian reservoirs in several gas fields at development stage in Kuwait.
A horizontal well is placed in the lower sub-unit of the laminated complex of unconventional kerogen and fractured carbonate reservoir as a Maximum Reservoir Contact (MRC) type well. A pilot mother-bore was drilled and logged to identify the lithological properties across the entire vertical domain - facilitates the optimization of horizontal drain-hole placement within the targeted reservoir units.
No wellbore stability issues in drilling were predicted based on the geomechanical understanding where core-calibrated logs from offset vertical wells were considered. However, this modeling method did not have the functionality to integrate the impact of drawdown on the laminated formation which became unstable and collapsed during the short open-hole drill-stem test (DST) plugging the tubing prior to the final completions. An alternative "book-shelf?? geomechanical model was considered at pre-drill stage for predicting the wellbore stability. Once the drilling was completed, the time-lapsed multi-arm caliper indicated the validity of the alternative methodology in predicting the unstable stack of laminations in kerogen-rich strata.
The paper discusses an optimization methodology to enhance the understanding of static and dynamic geomechanical stability through the use of BHI data. Objective of the proposed method is to help improve the effectiveness of completions where wellbore stability due to geomechanical complexity in stacked-pay reservoirs is a primary wellbore challenge in deploying the completions and executing a subsequent stimulation and testing campaign.
Acharya, Mihira Narayan (Kuwait Oil Company) | Kabir, Mir Md Rezaul (KOC) | Al-Ajmi, Saad Abdulrahman Hassan (Kuwait Oil Company) | Dashti, Qasem M. (Kuwait Oil Company) | Al-anzi, Ealian H.D. (Kuwait Oil Company) | Kho, Djisan (Schlumberger Pty Ltd) | Darous, Christophe (Schlumberger Oilfield Eastern Limited) | Chakravorty, Sandeep (Schlumberger Oilfield Eastern Ltd)
Flow capacity evaluation in carbonate reservoirs is known to be challenging because of heterogeneity in the rock matrix. The original depositional texture and resulting pore structure is often altered by secondary diagenetic processes such as dissolution, leaching, cementation, and dolomitization, creating complicated pore systems with varying porosity to permeability relationship. Dolomitization in particular is known to be an important diagenetic process in carbonate reservoirs, typically enhancing porosity and permeability development and making the rock less susceptible to porosity reduction due to increasing effective stress during burial. Core data taken in deep carbonate reservoirs reveal a strong correlation between degree of dolomitization and reservoir quality.
Neutron-induced gamma-ray spectroscopy logging has proven to be a powerful tool for the evaluation of dolomite content, especially in wells drilled with barite-weighted mud where PhotoElectric Factor (PEF) is not reliable. Using methods developed on a core database, reservoir rock types can be identified and matrix permeability can be estimated from a combination of porosity and dolomite content derived from neutron-induced gamma-ray spectroscopy data and other common logs measurements. Predicted flow profiles and flow capacity of the reservoirs can be calculated from the estimated matrix permeability and can be verified by comparison with available production logs and test data.
Several examples will highlight the comparison between the predicted synthetic flow profiles and the flow profiles measured by production logs, as well as the comparison of estimated flow capacity with pressure transient analysis data. Such comparisons can be used to diagnose stimulation effectiveness, identify zones dominated by fractures, confirm solid bitumen effects, and identify zones with significant formation damage. Another important application is the selection of perforation and stimulation zones to achieve optimum production based on the expected permeability contrast. This integrated approach to flow capacity prediction is proving to be an effective tool in understanding the behavior of complex carbonate reservoirs
There are two important questions that are always the sustainability foundation of any oil and gas reservoirs development. They are: a) how much hydrocarbon is present or what is the storage capacity? The answers are related to the knowledge of porosity, saturation, area, and thickness of the reservoirs. b) can it be produced economically or later, how can it best be produced to achieve the highest economy benefits? The answers are related to the flow capacity of the reservoir which is a function of permeability.
Porosity, saturation and reservoir thicknesses can generally be derived at the wells from different techniques and logging tools, such as neutron, density, sonic, resistivities and magnetic resonance. On the other hand the flow capacity evaluation which is a dynamic property is known to be challenging, especially in carbonates. Carbonate rocks are chemically unstable and prone to dissolution, leaching, cementation, dolomitization and overburden compaction. These natural processes generally occur after the original deposition creating heterogeneity in carbonate matrix and especially impacting the rock's permeability.
Al- Mai, Noura (Kuwait Oil Company) | Dashti, Qasem M. (Kuwait Oil Company) | Baddula, Ravi Chandra (Kuwait Oil Company) | AlAwadi, Mishari A. (KOC) | Bloushi, Taha (Kuwait Oil Company) | Aouchar, Najet (Schlumberger) | Hamed-naji, Iyad (Schlumberger) | Metzger, Thomas (Schlumberger)
Currently, Kuwait Oil Company (KOC) is successfully producing from high pressure and high temperature formations. The reservoirs are deep with True Vertical Depth (TVD) approximating 15,000 feet, and pressures and temperatures of 11,000 psi and 275o F respectively. The formations are composed of carbonates both tight and porous. The produced hydrocarbons are of high H2S and CO2 content, up to 10% and 12%, respectively.
The aforementioned sour environment in addition to water cut occurrence during the production phase have led to scale creation. In addition, corrosion, erosion and pitting also occur, requiring well intervention to sustain production. Furthermore, well monitoring is essential and planning for workover and well interventions is becoming unconventional with higher associated risk.
The recent scale removal activities proved to be very challenging with weight loss seen from the coiled tubing (CT) of approximately 7,000 Ib and CT leakage while operating at the hole condition. The CT pressure control equipment failed due to sudden increased in H2S concentration, which was attributed to the chemical reaction between the cleaning fluid (15% HCl) and the well fluids/scale mixture.
This paper explains the well history, objectives of operation, execution history, procedures and causes of these challenges. Hence, lessons learned, observations and knowledge gained by the Kuwait Oil Company (KOC) are evolving, advancing, and being employed at an accelerated rate despite high cost.