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.
This paper presents a methodology for connecting geology, hydraulic fracturing, economics, environment and the global natural gas endowment in conventional, tight, shale and coalbed methane (CBM) reservoirs. The volumetric estimates are generated by a variable shape distribution model (VSD). The VSD has been shown in the past to be useful for the evaluation of conventional and tight gas reservoirs. However, this is the first paper in which the method is used to also include shale gas and CBM formations.. Results indicate a total gas endowment of 70000 tcf, split between 15000 tcf in conventional reservoirs, 15000 tcf in tight gas, 30000 tcf in shale gas and 10000 tcf in CBM reservoirs. Thus, natural gas formations have potential to provide a significant contribution to global energy demand estimated at approximately 790 quads by 2035.
A common thread between unconventional formations is that nearly all of them must be hydraulically fractured to attain commercial production. A significant volume of data indicates that the probabilities of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) fluids and/or methane contaminating ground water through the hydraulically-created fractures are very low. Since fracking has also raised questions about the economic viability of producing unconventional gas in some parts of the world, supply cost curves are estimated in this paper for the global gas portfolio. The curves show that, in some cases, the costs of producing gas from unconventional reservoirs are comparable to those of conventional gas.
The conclusion is that there is enough natural gas to supply the energy market for nearly 400 years at current rates of consumption and 110 years with a growth rate in production of 2% per year. With appropriate regulation, this may be done safely, commercially, and in a manner that is more benign to the environment as compared with other fossil fuels.
Napalowski, Ralf (BHP Billiton) | Loro, Richard (BHP Billiton) | Anderson, Calan Jay (BHP Billiton) | Andresen, Christian Andre (ResMan AS) | Dyrli, Anne Dalager (ResMan AS) | Nyhavn, Fridtjof (ResMan AS)
This paper describes the interventionless approach that was successfully executed during the Pyrenees early production phase to identify the timing and location of water breakthrough. Chemical inflow tracers were installed in key production wells within the lower completion along the horizontal production sections. Results from this work have supported the reservoir simulation history matching process and confirmed the performance of the inflow control devices (ICDs). These data in conjunction with the real time rate information from subsea multiphase meters has allowed proactive reservoir and production management that has contributed to the early identification of additional infill opportunities.
The Stybarrow Field is a moderately sized biodegraded 22° API oil accumulation reservoired in Early Cretaceous sandstones of the Macedon Formation in the Exmouth Sub-Basin, offshore Western Australia. The reservoir is comprised of excellent quality, poorly consolidated turbidite sandstones up to 20m thick. The field lies in approximately 800m of water and has been developed with five near-horizontal producers and three water injection wells. The Stybarrow development came online at an initial rate of 80,000BOPD in November 2007.
Due to the lack of significant aquifer support, water injection was planned from start-up for pressure maintenance. Acquisition of a variety of data types have enabled key subsurface challenges to be addressed both before and during production. Structural and stratigraphic complexities influence connectivity and therefore must be fully evaluated in order to achieve optimal sweep. A feasibility study concluded that Stybarrow would be a good candidate for 4D seismic monitoring. Two monitor surveys were acquired and, along with other reservoir surveillance techniques, have been used to refine the geological model.
The first monitor survey at Stybarrow was recorded in November 2008. The results of this survey were in agreement with prior 4D modelling and supported the drilling of a successful development well in the north of the field. A second monitor survey was recorded in May 2011, three and a half years after first oil and at 70% of expected ultimate recovery. This survey is currently being analysed to determine if sweep patterns have changed.
The 4D surveys have proven to be an important tool for understanding subsurface architecture and dynamic fluid-flow behaviour. The results of both 4D seismic surveys have provided significant contributions to understanding the dynamic behaviour within the reservoir to facilitate optimal reservoir management.
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.
Thermal maturity is an important parameter for commercial gas production from gas shale reservoirs if the shale has considerable organic content. There is a common idea that gas shale formations with higher potential for gas production are at higher thermal maturity status. Therefore estimating this parameter is very important for gas shale evaluation. The present study proposes an index for determining thermal maturity of the gas shale layers using the conventional well log data. To approach this objective, different conventional well logs were studied and neutron porosity, density and volumetric photoelectric adsorption were selected as the most proper inputs for defining a log derived maturity index (LMI). LMI considers the effects of thermal maturity on the mentioned well logs and applies these effects for modelling thermal maturity changes. The proposed methodology has been applied to estimate thermal maturity for Kockatea Shale and Carynginia Formation of the Northern Perth Basin, Western Australia. A total number of ninety eight geochemical data points from seven wells were used for calibrating with well log data. Although there are some limitations for LMI but generally it can give a good in-situ estimation of thermal maturity.
Thermal maturity and total organic carbon (TOC) are very important geochemical factors for evaluation of the gas shale reservoirs. There is a common hypothesis that gas shale layers with the higher potential for gas production (i.e. sweet spots) are located at the higher thermal maturity. Thermal maturity is an indicator for determining maximum temperature that a formation reached during different stages of hydrocarbon generation.
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).
Marine Bio-Security is a global concern with significant relevance to the off-shore gas and oil production and exploration sector. An avalanche of legislation and regulation is delivering enforceable laws which compel ship owners/operators to adopt prescriptive procedures, protocols and practices to ensure that ballast water is eliminated, or at least substantially reduced as a major vector for the translocation of non-indigenous marine pests (NIMPS). The other main vector for the translocation of NIMPS has been identified as the wetted hull of commercial and military shipping and includes offshore support vessels, mobile offshore drilling units, crew transfer vessels, barges, landing craft and pipe laying vessels. Hull bio-fouling and associated niche areas are presently under the scientific microscope...and will follow the same path in terms of legislation and regulation.