This paper describes the selection, design, successful application and performance monitoring of Electrical Submersible pumps in the giant Mangala oil field and Thumbli water field situated in the Barmer basin in Rajasthan, India. Mangala oil field contains approximately 1.3 billion barrels of STOIIP in high-quality fluvial reservoirs. The field was brought on production in August 2009 and is currently producing at the plateau production rate of 150,000 bopd of which approximately 40% of the oil production is from the ESP oil wells.
To support the water requirement of Mangala and other satellite oil fields, Thumbli source water field was developed with 5 water production wells with up to 4 wells operating at a time. Each of these water wells is installed with 60,000 bwpd capacity pumps and the field is currently producing up to 225,000 bwpd to meet the water requirements of Mangala and other satellite fields.
The Mangala oil field is a multilayer, multi-Darcy reservoir, has waxy viscous crude with in-situ oil viscosity up to 22 cp and wax content in the range of 18 to 26%. The field was developed using hot water flood for pressure maintenance. Significant production challenges included unfavorable mobility ratio with early water cut and hence the early requirement of artificial lift to maintain the plateau production rate. The field has 12 horizontal producers and 100 deviated producers. ESP was selected as the artificial lift mode for the high rate horizontal producers while hot water jet pumping was selected as the artificial lift mode for low rate deviated oil wells. Each horizontal well is capable of producing up to 15,000 blpd and high rate ESPs were designed and installed to deliver the production requirement. Currently 8 of the 11 horizontal producers are on ESP lift and the remaining three wells are planned for ESP installation in the near future. Apart from two early ESP failures during installation, ESPs have had a good run life; the paper also describes lessons learnt from the infant mortalities.
The Thumbli water field, located ~20 km southeast of Mangala field has been developed to meet the water requirement of Mangala and other satellite fields. Thumbli water aquifer is a shallow water field which contains water of ~ 5000 ppm salinity with dissolved CO2, oxygen, chlorides and SRB. 5 high capacity water wells were drilled in Thumbli field to meet the huge water demand from Mangala for water injection in Mangala and satellite field injector wells, hot water circulation in oil production wells and associated water requirement for boilers etc. 1000 HP water well ESPs were designed to produce up to 60,000 bwpd from each well with installed water production capacity of up to 300,000 bwpd from Thumbli field.
The Pyrenees Development comprises three oil and gas fields: Ravensworth, Crosby and Stickle. The fields are located in production licenses WA-42-L and WA-43-L, offshore Western Australia, in the Exmouth Sub-basin and are operated by BHP Billiton (Fig. 1). Eighteen subsea wells, including 14 horizontal producers, 3 vertical water disposal wells and 1 gas injection well have been constructed to date and additional wells are planned for infill and to develop additional resources. First oil was achieved during February 2010 and production exceeded 50 million barrels in November 2011.
The Pyrenees fields are low relief, with oil columns of approximately 40 metres within excellent quality reservoirs of the Barrow Group. The 19° API crude has moderate viscosity, low gas / oil ratio (GOR), and a strong emulsion forming tendency which makes oil/water separation and accurate well test metering difficult. Early in the project design phase it was identified that the complex subsea gathering system and the need to reduce measurement uncertainties would dictate special attention to production measurement.
Subsea multiphase flow meters (MPFMs) were specified to meet the challenges of production optimization and allocation while at the same time minimizing production deferral for separator testing. Each oil producer is monitored by a dedicated MPFM. With 14 meters, Pyrenees is among the largest subsea MPFM installations worldwide.
This paper describes the process of MPFM qualification and commissioning together with their performance over 2 years in the field. We show how close cooperation between the Operator and MPFM Vendor has enabled quality rate measurements of emulsified production despite large changes in producing gas/oil ratio and water cut.
While the primary justification for Pyrenees subsea MPFMs was production allocation and optimization, interpretation of transient water cut and GOR data proved valuable for production and reservoir engineering applications. Examples of proactive reservoir and production management including optimizing drawdown of Inflow Control Device (ICD) equipped wells, optimizing well lineup and gas lift to commingled wells are presented.
Low matrix permeability and significant damage mechanisms are the main signatures of tight gas reservoirs. During drilling and fracturing of tight formations, the wellbore liquid invades the tight formation, increases liquid saturation around wellbore and eventually reduces permeability at near wellbore. The liquid invasion damage is mainly controlled by capillary pressure and relative permeability curves.
Water blocking and phase trapping damage is one of the main concerns in use of water based drilling fluid in tight gas reservoirs, since due to high critical water saturation, relative permeability effects and strong capillary pressure, tight formations are sensitive to water invasion damage. Therefore, use of oil based mud may be preferred in drilling or fracturing of tight formation. However invasion of oil filtrate into tight formations may result in introduction of an immiscible liquid hydrocarbon drilling or completion fluid around wellbore, causing entrapment of an additional third phase in the porous media that would exacerbate formation damage effects.
This study focuses on phase trapping damage caused by liquid invasion using water-based drilling fluid in comparison with use of oil-based drilling fluid in water sensitive tight gas sand reservoirs. Reservoir simulation approach is used to study the effect of relative permeability curves on phase trap damage, and results of laboratory experiments core flooding tests in a West Australian tight gas reservoir are shown in which the effect of water injection and oil injection on the damage of core permeability are studied. The results highlights benefits of using oil-based fluids in drilling and fracturing of tight gas reservoirs in term of reducing skin factor and improving well productivity.
Tight gas reservoirs normally have production problems due to very low matrix permeability and different damage mechanisms during well drilling, completion, stimulation and production (Dusseault, 1993). The low permeability gas reservoirs can be subject to different damage mechanisms such as mechanical damage to formation rock, plugging of natural fractures by invasion of mud solid particles, permeability reduction around wellbore as a result of filtrate invasion, clay swelling, liquid phase trapping, etc (Holditch, 1979).
In general, for tight sand gas reservoirs, average pore throat radius might be very small and therefore it may create tremendous amounts of capillary forces. Capillary forces cause the spontaneous imbibition of a wetting liquid (in this case water) in the porous medium in the absence of external forces such as a hydraulic gradient (Bennion and Brent, 2005). This causes significantly high critical water saturation (Bennion et al., 2006). Two forces drive capillary flow (Adamson and Gast, 1997). The first is the reduction in the surface free energy by the wetting of the hydrophilic surface (wettability). In hydraulic fracturing, water in the fracturing fluid wets the surface of the pores in the rock, resulting in a decrease in the surface free energy of the pores. The other force that drives capillary flow is the capillary pressure.
Tight gas reservoirs might be different in term of initial water saturation (Swi) compared with critical water saturation (Swc), depending on the geological time of gas migration to the reservoir. Initial water saturation might be normal, or in some cases sub-normal (Swi less than Swc) due to water phase vaporization into the gas phase (Bennion and Thomas, 1996). The initial water saturation might also be more than Swc if the hydrocarbon trap is created during or after the gas migration time. A sub-normal initial water saturation in tight gas reservoirs can provide higher relative permeability for the gas phase (effective permeability close to absolute permeability), and therefore relatively higher well productivity (Bennion and Brent, 2005).
We present results of monitoring studies on emergent coral reefs and submerged shoals, two potentially sensitive seabed habitats found within range of the modeled hydrocarbon plume from the 2009 Montara uncontrolled release in the Timor Sea.
Divers conducted reef surveys 6 and 16 months after the release was stopped. Hydrocarbons were detected in surface carbonate sediments at very low levels and declined between the two surveys in both frequency of occurrence and concentration. While hydrocarbon degradation precluded source matching, some samples were consistent with a Montara type oil, but there was also evidence for multiple sources of hydrocarbons in the region. Coral and fish communities were in good condition and potential indicators of disturbance in some elements, for example moderate levels of coral bleaching observed in 2010, were related to unusually warm sea surface temperatures rather than distance from the well head platform or plume.
The submerged shoals component targeted a series of nine discrete shoals ~30-150 km from Montara well head platform. The shoals have abrupt bathymetric profiles rising from 100-200 m depths to within 15-36 m of the sea surface. Sufficient light reaches these plateau environments to support benthic habitats for primary producers, including algae, corals and seagrass. Sampling used remotely deployed cameras and grabs.Benthic and fish communities were diverse and shared many species with shallow coral reefs. Hydrocarbon contamination was measured around the base of the shoals. While there was no conclusive evidence of a impact from the spill, spatial patterns in a subset of the fish data showed a reduction in abundance and diversity at shoals closest to the well head. Similarly a marked reduction in seagrass was noted on one shoal closest to the well head platform in the period between surveys, 6-16 months after the release was stopped. These observations may reflect an influence from the hydrocarbon release but could equally be the result of natural spatial patterns and disturbance events in the region.
Overall, the lack of sufficient prior data characterizing the region, especially for the shoals, constrained insights into any effect or otherwise of the spill and reinforces the need for regional scale baseline data. These surveys make a significant contribution and an excellent starting point for baseline characterization of the broader suite of emergent reefs and submerged shoal habitats in the Browse Basin.
Jia, Hu (Southwest Petroleum University) | Yuan, Cheng-dong (Southwest Petroleum University) | Zhang, Yuchuan (Southwest Petroleum University) | Peng, Huan (Southwest Petroleum University) | Zhong, Dong (Southwest Petroleum University) | Zhao, Jinzhou (Southwest Petroleum University)
High-Pressure Air Injection (HPAI) in light oil reservoirs has been proven to be a valuable IOR (Improved Oil Recovery) process and caused more attention worldwide. In this paper, we give an overview of the recent progress of HPAI technique, based on a review of some representative HPAI projects including completed and ongoing projects. Some most important aspects for HPAI field application are discussed in depth, including reservoir screening criterion, recognition of recovery mechanism, laboratory study, numerical simulation, gas breakthrough control, tubing corrosion consideration and safety monitoring. With the successful HPAI application in Zhong Yuan Oil Field in China, it is estimated that foam or polymer gel assisted air injection should continue to grow in the next decade as a derived technology of HPAI for application in high-temperature high-heterogeneity reservoirs. The purpose of this paper is to investigate the ranges of some key parameters, new understanding based on laboratory test and successful field application, thus to provide lessons learnt and best practices for the guideline to achieve high-performance HPAI project.
Tsar, Mitchel (Curtin University) | Bahrami, Hassan (Curtin University) | Rezaee, Reza (Curtin University) | Murickan, Geeno (Curtin University) | Mehmood, Sultan (Curtin University) | Ghasemi, Mohsen (Curtin University) | Ameri, Abolfazl | Mehdizadeh, Mahna
Tight gas reservoirs are mainly characterized by low matrix permeability and significant damage. During drilling and fracturing of tight formations, wellbore liquid invades into tight formation and increases water saturation around wellbore and eventually reduces permeability near wellbore or adjacent to fracture wings. The damage to permeability caused by invasion of liquid into tight formation is controlled by capillary pressure and relative permeability curves.
The phase trap damage is one of the main concerns in use of water based drilling or fracturing fluid, since due to high critical water saturation, strong capillary pressure, and sensitivity of tight sand to water. Therefore, use of oil based mud may be preferred in drilling or fracturing of tight formation. However invasion of oil filtrate into tight formation may result in a three-phase relative permeability curves in invaded zone in presence of reservoir gas and initial water, which may differently affect damage and productivity of tight gas reservoirs.
This study evaluates phase trap damage in water-based in comparison with oil-based drilled or fractured tight gas reservoir. Reservoir simulation is used to study the effect of relative permeability curves on phase trap damage and well productivity, based on reservoir and core data from a West Australian tight gas reservoir. The results highlights benefits of using oil-based fluids in drilling and fracturing of tight gas reservoirs in term of improving well productivity.
There is plenty to be optimistic about in the upstream oil and gas oil sector. In this article, the Energy Industries Council (EIC) focuses on offshore opportunities globally, and identifies the hot spots of activity. It will also examine some of the key issues facing the sector and the energy supply chain today, such as the need to maximize oil and gas recovery from challenging environments and new offshore fields, and the need to reduce costs and innovate.