Al-Kandary, Ahmad (Kuwait Oil Company) | Al-Fares, Abdulaziz (Kuwait Oil Company) | Mulyono, Rinaldi (Kuwait Oil Company) | Ammar, Nada Mohammed (Kuwait Oil Company) | Al naeimi, Reem (Baker Hughes) | Hussain, Riyasat (Kuwait Oil Company) | Perumalla, Satya (Baker Hughes)
Role of geomechanics is becoming increasingly important with maturing of conventional reservoirs due to its implications in drilling, completion and production issues. Exploration and development of unconventional reservoirs involve maximizing the reservoir contact and hydraulic fracturing both of which are heavily dependent on geomechanical architecture of the reservoirs and thus require application of geomechanical concepts from the very beginning.
To support the unconventional exploration and conventional reservoir development in Kuwait, country-wide in-situ stress mapping exercise has been carried out in nine fields of Northern Kuwait. Stringent customized quality control measures were put in place to evaluate stress orientation. Cretaceous and sub-Gotnia Salt Jurassic rocks exhibit distinct patterns of stress orientations and magnitudes. While the variations in stress orientation in the Cretaceous rocks are within a small range (N40°E-N50°E) and consistent across major fault systems, the Jurassic formations exhibit high variability (N20°E-N90°E) with anomalous patterns across faults as well as in the vicinity of fracture corridors. Moreover, the overall stress magnitudes were found to be much higher in the strong Jurassic section compared with the relatively less strong Cretaceous strata. During the analysis, it was also observed that several natural fractures in Jurassic reservoirs appear to be critically stressed with evidences of rotation of breakouts.
Using geomechanical models from a specific field, the effects of in-situ stress, pore pressure and rock properties on formations were evaluated in inducing wellbore instability during drilling operations in a tight gas reservoir. It was found that the most favorable orientation for directional drilling is parallel to the maximum horizontal stress (SHmax) within that field.
The geomechanical study provided inputs not only for wellbore stability during drilling, but also regarding the response of natural fractures to in-situ stresses to become hydraulically conductive (permeable) to act as flow conduits. The fracture model of the field shows that the dominant fracture corridor trend in the field is NNE coinciding with present day in-situ maximum principal stress direction.
Research on measuring the ice impact pressure on icebreaker hulls began inthe late 1970's, and its focus was to determine the magnitude of the impactpressures and to obtain long-term statistics of the impacts. Increasedcomputing power in the 1980's allowed the recording of time-histories onmultiple sensors that led to the development of the pressure-contact arearelationship. The aim of these systems, however, was to understand theice impact process and to provide guidance to design engineers. Thispaper presents a new hull structure monitoring system that can benefit both theship designers and operators for ships operating in ice-covered waters. With this system, the ice load monitoring system can measure and process theice impact loads immediately after each impact in near real-time. Theimpact measurements are used to estimate the resulting stresses on the hullstructures which are then compared to the allowable stresses. This systemcan provide meaningful near real-time feedback to the ship's crew of thestresses due to ice impact compared to the allowable stress. Thisinformation can assist the ship's crew in making informed decisions for safeand efficient operations in ice. The main focus of this paper is on themethodology for assessing the hull structural responses under ice impact andthe presentation of this information to the ship's crew.
A two-year-long field study was conducted by ConocoPhillips Alaska, Inc. andPND Engineers, Inc., at Kuparuk in Alaska's arctic North Slope region. Thestudy verified that pipe piles can be directly driven into predrilled pilotholes in frozen ground, without requiring thermal modification of thepermafrost. The traditional "drill-and-slurry" method of permafrost pileinstallation involves hanging piles in an oversize hole and backfilling theannulus with a sand/water slurry. Vibratory driven pile installation isconsiderably more efficient with large benefits in installation time, expenses,and safety. Both methods require an adequate adfreeze bond for pileperformance. The objective of this testing program was to determine whetherdespite great benefits in installation efficiency the vibratory driven pilewould perform adequately. Twelve 12.75-inch-diameter steel pipe piles wereinstalled in permafrost in the Alaskan arctic; eight piles were installed inice-rich sandy silt and four piles were installed in a frozen gravel soil.Piles were loaded in tension for six different durations ranging from five daysto six months at loads varying from 35 kips to 145 kips. At the completion oflong-term testing, the test piles were unloaded, rested, and then loaded tofailure to characterize the adfreeze short-term strength. Pile load anddisplacement were continuously recorded with electronic displacement and loadtransducers. Subsurface soil temperatures were also monitored. Collected datawas used to characterize long- and short-term pile velocity as a function ofload and adfreeze temperature. Experimental results were compared to currenttheoretical and empirical performance.
There are large oil and gas resources in the shear zone region of theBeaufort Sea. Development of these resources would entail many factorsfor consideration. One of the most important is the ice load on drillingand production platforms. However, there is very large uncertainty on theice loads in this region due to a clear lack of knowledge of the pack icedriving forces. This pack ice driving force is one of the primarymechanisms that dictate how much force the ice can exert on an offshoreplatform, even if large multi-year ice floes are present. Improvedknowledge of this force would significantly reduce uncertainty in the designice loads, provide essential baseline engineering knowledge and a more reliablestructure, leading to greater regulatory certainty and safer and moreeconomical offshore operations.
The pack ice driving force, as a function of width, can be calculatedthrough an equation in the ISO Arctic Offshore Structures Standard. However, a relevant parameter is still poorly defined for this equationand spans a large range. As a result, calculations of driving forces arevery uncertain, yet it is the key limiting force mechanism for the BeaufortSea. This paper presents the results of a study that investigated meansof refining uncertainty when calculating pack ice driving forces. Anoverview of the standard method of determining these forces is given, as wellas a discussion of the historical development of, and implications ofuncertainty in, calculating the pack ice force. Methods for refining theuncertainty are presented and comparisons are discussed. Numericalmodelling studies offer the greatest potential for refining the uncertaintybased on cost, usefulness, confidence in the results and studyopportunities. The information provided in this paper has applicationsfor refinement of pack ice driving force calculations in current engineeringstandards. A clear understanding of the magnitude of pack ice drivingforces would help to reduce the risk of failure of engineering structures andimprove their safety, by enabling a significantly better definition of theanticipated ice loads and the upper limit of the loads for the BeaufortSea.
Widening supply and demand gap in natural gas industry, the advent of tight gas policy and increasing interest of operators in tight gas sands and shale has opened new venues for development of unconventional plays in Pakistan.
Middle Indus Basin hosts important gas fields of Pakistan. Most of the wells in this basin are completed in conventional lower Goru Sands. Lower Goru formation consists of inter-bedded sequences of sands and shale. Its unconventional sand and shale plays hold immense potential which has not yet been exploited due to lack of technology and promising economics. Moreover, Sembar shale is the well known source rock in this basin holding large shale gas potential. GIIP estimates for Lower Goru tight sands excluding the shale prospects are 8.4 TCF which are considered pessimistic due to lack of data in many fields.
From the currently suspended or abandoned wellbores of the Middle Indus Basin, a pilot project needs to be defined in each of the fields, to prove the technical and economical feasibility of tight Gas Potential of the Basin. Commencement of production from unconventional sands will enhance the production in a cost effective manner due to availability of infrastructure and facilities.
This paper focuses on the utilization of existing wellbores as well as data set and highlighting additional data acquisition requirements coupled with completion and multi-stage fracturing techniques for designing a pilot project. Case study of a pilot project in one of the fields of this basin is discussed. It encompasses the basic workflow, candidate selection criterion, Geo-mechanics, sector modeling, hydraulic fracture design and risk evaluation coupled with its use in full field development projects.
Background and Introduction
Pakistan's last year 2010-2011 production was about 3.91bcf/d, while its demand was (4.2bcf/d) and supply gap was also started. Since then the production from the conventional fields has decreased, while demand has been increased due to infrastructure and human needs. This huge shortfall in the gas market cannot be fulfilled with existing number of completions/producers. The conventional reserves of the country were 56 TCF out of which the country has already produced 50% of its conventional reserves. The recoverable remaining reserves are 24-28TCF, but will be produced at much lower production rate and in much longer period of time. The country has an infrastructure of Gas Processing Facilities 5bcf/d.
In predicting the geotechnical constraint against pipeline movement usingfinite element methods, the treatment of the pipe/soil interface contactbehavior is of utmost importance, especially in the tangential direction. Thisstudy focuses on the interpretation of soil resistance to axial pipe movementin cohesive soil material for oblique loading, specifically the effect ofchanging the interface shear stress limit and friction coefficient. The mainfinding of the present study is that the incorporation of a shear stress limitin the definition of tangential shear behavior has a considerable effect on theaxial pipeline reaction forces. Without the shear stress limit, the maximumaxial forces due to oblique pipe movement are effectively doubled in comparisonto a limit equal to half of the undrained shear strength. A simple analyticalmethod is provided to estimate the maximum oblique axial soil resistance inundrained conditions. The effect of changing the assumed frictional behavior isalso discussed with respect to predicting the soil reaction forces acting on anice keel during an undrained gouging event in cohesive soil.
Crespo, Freddy E. (University of Oklahoma) | Ahmed, Ramadan Mohammed (University of Oklahoma) | Saasen, Arild (Det norske oljeselskap ASA) | Enfis, Majed (University of Oklahoma) | Amani, Mahmood (Texas A&M University at Qatar)
Surge and swab pressures have been known to cause formation fracture, lost circulation, and well-control problems. Accurate prediction of these pressures is crucially important in estimating the maximum tripping speeds to keep the wellbore pressure within specified limits of the pore and fracture pressures. It also plays a major role in running casings, particularly with narrow annular clearances. Existing surge/swab models are based on Bingham plastic (BP) and power-law (PL) fluid rheology models. However, in most cases, these models cannot adequately describe the flow behavior of drilling fluids. This paper presents a new steady-state model that can account for fluid and formation compressibility and pipe elasticity. For the closed-ended pipe, the model is cast into a simplified model to predict pressure surge in a more convenient way. The steady-state laminar-flow equation is solved for narrow slot geometry to approximate the flow in a concentric annulus with inner-pipe axial movement considering yield-PL (YPL) fluid. The YPL rheology model is usually preferred because it provides a better description of the flow behavior of most drilling fluids. The analytical solution yields accurate predictions, though not in convenient forms. Thus, a numerical scheme has been developed to obtain the solutions. After conducting an extensive parametric study, regression techniques were applied primarily to develop a simplified model (i.e., dimensionless correlation). The performance of the correlation has been tested by use of field and laboratory measurements. Comparisons of the model predictions with the measurements showed a satisfactory agreement. In most cases, the model makes better predictions in terms of closeness to the measurements because of the application of a more realistic rheology model. The correlation and model are useful for slimhole, deepwater, and extended-reach drilling applications.
Coiled tubing is a continuous pipe that, having been coiled around a reel for storage, can be deployed and used as a pipeline or riser. During deployment as a riser, the coiled tubing is unspooled from the reel, run into the water, and connected to the wellhead. This process plastically strains the pipe, causing plastic (or low-cycle) fatigue damage. When the coiled tubing is connected to the wellhead, the environmental loading causes elastic-stress cycles, resulting in elastic (or high-cycle) fatigue damage. Numerous methods are available to determine fatigue life from either plastic or elastic cycling; however, few data are available within the industry on how the fatigue damages from elastic and plastic cycles combine. This paper presents the experimental work conducted to show the combined fatigue life of notched samples of flat steel used to manufacture coiled tubing that has been plastically and elastically cycled. The data show that the combined fatigue life can be lower than the total of the plastic and elastic fatigue damages by use of Miner's rule. Existing theory suggests that the combined fatigue life could be as low as 10% of the Miner?s-rule fatigue damages; however, the experimental data indicate that a more appropriate value is closer to 75%.
For burst design, engineers routinely assume that the casing annular space is filled by a fluid equivalent. This assumption ignores mechanical resistance provided by solid cement. Some studies addressed this shortcoming by modeling the cement sheath as a solid with elastic failure criteria. Prior work used cement elastic modulus and Poisson's ratio to classify cement as "ductile" (soft) or "brittle" (hard). In the current study, numerical results from finite-element analysis (FEA) indicate that casing burst resistance is increased by the presence of the cement sheath. This study focuses solely on improvement offered by the cement sheath to casing burst resistance and ignores consequences of cement failure on overallwell integrity. Comparisons are provided for casing burst resistance, assuming various backup profiles. These include fluid hydrostatics, solid cement matrix (both elastic and plastic response), and cement as "loose" particles. The fluid hydrostatics include mud weight in hole, cement-slurry density, mixed-water density; normal pressure (saltwater column), and actual pore pressure. Calculations show that these fluid profiles are conservative when used as burst-resistance backup. Original cement-slurry density is least conservative. Because well designers are familiar with fluid profile backup assumptions in casing burst design, recommendations are provided to approximate cement behavior as particles with a fluid profile. This allows ease of calculation and is consistent with current practice. Guidelines are provided to explicitly calculate the enhanced casing burst resistance caused by the particulate cement.
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