Abdulhadi, Muhammad (Dialog Group) | Tran, Toan Van (Dialog Group) | Chin, Hon Voon (Dialog Group) | Jacobs, Steve (Halliburton) | Suggust, Alister Albert (PETRONAS) | Usop, Mohammad Zulfiqar (PETRONAS) | Zamzuri, Dzulfahmi (PETRONAS) | Dolah, Khairul Arifin (PETRONAS) | Abdussalam, Khomeini (PETRONAS) | Munandai, Hasim (PETRONAS) | Yusop, Zainuddin (PETRONAS)
The first successful natural dump-flood in the Malaysian offshore environment provided numerous lessons learned to the operator. The minimal investment necessary for implementing the dump-flood coupled with the lack of recompletion opportunities in the subject wells suggested that direct execution without spending on expensive data gathering activity and extensive reservoir study makes more sense from a business point of view. A similar oil gain compared to a water injection project can be achieved at a significantly lower cost of USD 0.01 to 0.15 million in an offshore environment through dump-flooding.
The existing oil producers in the depleted reservoirs in Field B were originally completed and successfully drained oil from in a high-pressured watered-out reservoir below, making it an ideal dump-flood water source. The dump-flood was initiated by commingling the target and water source reservoir through zone change, allowing water to naturally cross-flow into the pressure depleted target reservoir. Once a memory production logging tool (MPLT) confirmed the cross-flow, the offtake well was monitored to determine the impact of the dump-flood and produce once the pressure was increased. Minimal investment was necessary because the operations were executed using slickline. The reservoir model will be calibrated once the positive impact of dump-flood is realized in the offtake well.
The first natural dump-flood in Reservoir X-2 has successfully produced 0.29 MMstb as of August 2018 with 600 BOPD incremental oil gain. The incremental recovery factor (RF) from the first dump-flood is predicted to be from 5 to 8%. Based on this success, it was decided to replicate the dump-flood project in other depleted reservoirs with Reservoir X-2 as an analog. Four reservoirs were subsequently identified, each with an estimated operational cost of approximately USD 0.01 million and potential incremental reserves of 0.10 to 0.20 MMstb per reservoir. The minimal investment necessary, the idle status of the wells and reservoirs, and the potential incremental reserves suggested that it is more appealing to proceed with implementing the dump-flood without undergoing an extensive and costly reservoir study. With reservoir connectivity being important to the success of dump-flooding, a more cost-effective approach would be to confirm the connectivity by monitoring the offtake well after the dump-flood is initiated. This approach provides more value because the cost of interference or pulse testing is significantly more expensive than the cost of the dump-flood itself while reservoir connectivity was already indicated as likely by geological data (map and seismic). Through a value driven approach, these dump-flood opportunities become more economically viable, allowing the operator to prolong the life of the assets and maximize the field profit.
This paper discusses using a value driven and business approach to implement the dump-flood in a mature field. Valuable insight into the business and technical considerations of implementing dump-floods are described, which are relevant to the industry, especially in today's low margin business climate.
Abdulhadi, Muhammad (Dialog Group Berhad) | Tran, Toan Van (Dialog Group Berhad) | Chin, Hon Voon (Dialog Group Berhad) | Jacobs, Steve (Halliburton) | Wahid, Muhammad Izad Abdul (PETRONAS) | Usop, Mohammad Zulfiqar (PETRONAS) | Zamzuri, Dzulfahmi (PETRONAS) | Dolah, Khairul Arifin (PETRONAS) | Abdussalam, Khomeini (PETRONAS) | Munandai, Hasim (PETRONAS) | Yusop, Zainuddin (PETRONAS)
Infill Well B-23, which was recently drilled in the CIII-2 reservoir located in the Balingian Province, experienced a rapid pressure and production decline. The production decreased from 2,200 to 600 BLPD within 1 year. Analysis of the permanent downhole gauge (PDG) data revealed that Well B-23 production was actually influenced by two other wells, B-20 and B-18, each located 2,000 ft away. This paper discusses the ensuing analysis and optimization efforts that helped reverse the Well B-23 pressure decline and restored its production to 2,200 BLPD.
Based on the typical causes of rapid production and pressure decline, operators initially believed Well B-23 was located in a small, separate compartment compared to Wells B-18 and B-20. Additionally, the Well B-23 behavior differed significantly from Wells B-18 and B-20. PDG data analysis provided clear evidence of well interference despite the significant distance between the well locations. Changes in the other wells immediately affected the Well B-23 pressure, thus leading to the conclusion that production from Wells B-20 and B-18 impeded the pressure support for Well B-23. To optimize Well B-23 production, Well B-20 was shut in while Well B-18 was produced at a reduced rate because of a mechanical issue.
The optimization initially resulted in more than 500 BOPD incremental oil from Well B-23. The well pressure decline was reversed, with PDG data showing a continuous increase of bottomhole pressure (BHP) despite an increase in the production rate. Subsequently, production was fully restored from 600 to 2,200 BLPD, and reservoir pressure returned to its predrill pressure. Going forward, the optimum withdrawal rate from the CIII-2 reservoir will be determined to ensure maximum oil recovery from both Wells B-18 and B-23. The case study proved the significant benefit of PDG data, which helped identify well interference as the actual cause of the rapid decline in Well B-23, instead of a reservoir or geological issue. Through in-depth analysis and thorough understanding of the reservoir, the operator restored what initially appeared to be a poor well to full production.
This case study shows the clear and strong effect of well interference and highlights how the subsequent results of the optimization effort were rapidly obtained. A comprehensive understanding of the reservoir behavior could not have been achieved at minimum cost without the pair of PDGs installed. The analysis and lessons learned from the Well B-23 PDG data provide valuable insight regarding the impact of well completions to the field of reservoir engineering.
Proper and reliable resource assessment of hydrocarbons in-place and recoverable volumes is one of the key factors in field development planning (FDP) and determines the commitments made to the host government for the reserves to be developed (RTBD). Many times, it is critical to update the resources and reserves of a producing asset through full field reviews (FFR) to gauge the production attainment and success of initial forecasts in FDP and also to locate any upside/locked-in potential.
Often uncertainties in the field development are expected to reduce as the field produces, but in many cases the results show otherwise due to lack/ inaccuracy of data or existing reservoir complexities. This paper elaborates how an integrated approach utilizing analytical methods (material balance, pressure and rate transient analysis) combined to numerical reservoir simulation is used for accurate resource assessment of an over-pressured gas condensate reservoir that suffers from lack of geological and petrophysical data, faulty production data measurement system and complex fluid and pressure behavior.
A comprehensive workflow comprising of different methodologies is used to harness the available geological, petrophysical, production and pressure data. Over-pressured and compressibility corrected gas material balance and pressure and rate transient analysis (RTA) are conducted using static and flowing data to encompass the existing uncertainties on resource numbers and generate low, base and high cases. The results of these methods are then successfully utilized to construct the dynamic reservoir model for evaluation of the upside and near field exploitation (NFE) potential. The results of the full field review lead to a 50% increase in the gas initially in-place compared to FDP volumes and a significant addition in the proven reserve. This increase in volumes was investigated through proactive surveillance for a period of time and was well supported by the reservoir and well performance.
A novel approach to numerically model the over-pressured gas reservoirs is developed using a simple concept of compressibility modifications supported by production data history match and analogue core data. The results of the study greatly benefited the production sharing contract (PSC) and lead to production enhancement from the field through a proper debottlenecking project.
Gupta, Anish (PETRONAS) | Narayanan, Puveneshwari (PETRONAS) | Trjangganung, Kukuh (PETRONAS) | Mohd Jeffry, Suzanna Juyanty (PETRONAS) | Tan, Boon Choon (PETRONAS) | Awang, M Rais Saufuan (PETRONAS) | Badawy, Khaled (PETRONAS) | Yip, Pui Mun (PETRONAS)
A matrix stimulation candidate screening workflow was developed with the objective to reduce the time and effort in identifying under-performing wells. The workflow was initially tested manually for few fields followed by inclusion in Integrated Operation for an automated screening of wells with suspected formation damage. Analysis done in three fields for stimulation candidate selection will be displayed with actual statistics.
The main aim of the work was to digitalize the selection of non-performing candidates rather than manually looking into performance of each well. A concept of Formation Damage Indicator (FDI) was combined with Heterogeneity Index (HI) of the formations to screen out the candidates. Separate database sets of Reservoir engineering, Petrophysicist and Production was integrated with suitable programming algorithms to come up with first set of screened wells evaluating well production performances, FDI and HI trends up to over the last 30 years. The shortlisted candidates were further screened on the basis of practical approach such as gas lift optimization, production trending, OWC-GOC contacts, well integrity and well history to come up with second round of screened candidates. The final candidates were analyzed further using nodal analysis models for skin evaluation and expected gain to come up with type of formation damage and expected remedial solution.
For fields A and D with a total of 210 strings each, the initial FDI and HI screening resulted in 70 and 120 strings being shortlisted, respectively. This was followed by a second round of screening with 25 and 35 strings being further shortlisted as stimulation candidates, respectively. Nodal analysis models indicated presence of high skin in 90% of the selected wells indicating a very good efficiency and function-test of the workflow. In addition to selection of the candidates, the identification of formation damage type was compiled on an asset-wise basis rather than field basis which helped in more efficient planning of remedial treatments using a multiple well campaign approach to optimize huge amount of cost. The entire screening process was done in one month which was earlier a herculean task of almost one year and much more man-hours. With effective manual testing of the workflow in two major fields, workflow was included in Integrated Operations for future automation to conduct the same task in minutes rather than months.
With this digitalized unique workflow, the selection of under-performing wells due to formation damage is now a one click exercise and a dynamic data. This workflow can be easily operated by any engineer to increase their operational efficiency for flow assurance issues saving tons of cost and time.
Radzuan, Nurul Asyikin M. (PETRONAS) | Salleh, Nurfarah Izwana (PETRONAS) | Chandrakant, Ashvin Avalani (PETRONAS) | Rusman, Liyana (PETRONAS) | Zamanuri, Kautsar (PETRONAS) | Bakar, Azfar Israa Abu (PETRONAS) | Yip, Pui Mun (PETRONAS) | Jamaluddin, M. Helmi (PETRONAS) | Ghonim, Elsayed Ouda (PETRONAS) | Nambiar, Vijay (Novomet) | Alexander, Euan (Artificial Lift Solutions)
Following the first pilot success of the truly rigless 3-1/2" tubing cable deployed ESP (TTESP-CD in offshore field of Sarawak Basin, PETRONAS has taken steps to further advance in the technology development and application through more replications within Sarawak and Malay Basin. PETRONAS had been looking into a strong business case for the TTESP-CD technology for a wider application throughout Malaysia region by looking at fields with strong/moderate water drive and low bubble point pressure besides having other limitations on the platform including the facilities reliability issues. TTESP-CD are to be applied widely in Malaysia with more flexibilities in design and improvement towards the subsurface equipment, installation equipment and procedures. With the challenges in the existing completion and production requirement for replications, based on the lesson learnt from the pilot implementation, multiple improvements to the system have been done including; 1) A High Rate Slim Pump with Flexible Application 2) Alignment Tool for Cable Hanger Orientation. With this in place, more opportunities identified for the candidate selection which improve the installation philosophy specifically in dual string applications and enhance the efficiency in installation procedures. Case studies of TTESP-CD replications in Malay & Sarawak Basin for Field T, Field B and Field P presenting the best case for TTESP-CD application with improvement to design, equipment and application. These will bring additional value to PETRONAS with estimated production gain of 1.5 KBD and up to 1.2 MMSTB reserves to be monetized with additional value saving of up to RM 6 Mill. Besides the subsurface challenges, aging offshore assets brings a lot of challenges, especially on the space availability, structural integrity, power availability and distribution, instrumentation and data transmission. This requires an integrated approach from multiple disciplines in delivering the studies as per required within the targeted timeframe.
The 2015 oil price downturn and future uncertainty in the industry have resulted in Malaysia Oil and Gas Regulator PETRONAS (MPM) taking a more proactive role in driving Malaysian Petroleum Arrangement Contractors (PACs) to maximize lifecycle value from their well stock. Key focus areas include streamlining review processes, reducing well cost, maximizing production from active wells and reactivating idle wells, reducing failures from well activities, driving value driven surveillance and promoting low cost well abandonment. This paper will focus on how the objective & value driven approach by PETRONAS MPM have resulted in business performance improvements at the national level through proactive and effective well value maximization throughout field/well lifecycle, from exploration stage down to the decommissioning and abandonment stage.
Kashim, Muhammad Zuhaili (PETRONAS) | Giwelli, Ausama (CSIRO) | Clennell, Ben (CSIRO) | Esteban, Lionel (CSIRO) | Noble, Ryan (CSIRO) | Vialle, Stephanie (Curtin University) | Ghasemiziarani, Mohsen (Curtin University) | Saedi, Ali (Curtin University) | Md Shah, Sahriza Salwani (PETRONAS) | M Ibrahim, Jamal Mohamad (PETRONAS)
In line with PETRONAS commitment to monetize high CO2 content gas field in Malaysia, C Field which is a carbonate gas field located in East Malaysia's waters with approximately 70% of CO2 becomes main target for development because of its technical and economic feasibility. Injectivity has been determined as one of the key parameters that determine the success of CO2 storage in field operations. In order to characterize the CO2 injecitivity behavior in C Field, long duration coreflooding experiments has been conducted on two representative core samples under reservoir conditions. The first set of coreflooding test has been conducted on gas zone sample and another one is on aquifer sample. Two important approach has been applied in the experiment in which the first one is where the base rate is established after each incremental stage and the second one is the pre-equilibration of carbonated brine with standard minerals based on the percentage of core mineralogy before saturating the core with aquifer brine to mimic the insitu geochemical conditions of the reservoir. Pre- and post-flooding characterization was conducted using Routine Core Analysis (RCA), X-Ray CT-scan, Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) and Inductive Coupled Plasma (ICP) to examine the porosity-permeability changes, pore size alterations and the geochemical processes that might take place during CO2 flooding. Based on the differential pressure data, it showed no clear indication of formation damage even after injection of large CO2 pore volume. Pre and post-flooding characterization supported the findings where minor dissolution/precipitation is observed. Overall intrepretation indicates that the critical flowrate is not yet reached for both samples within the maximum rates applied.
Mazzlan, Khairul Akmal (PETRONAS) | Chia, Mabel Pei Chuen (PETRONAS) | Tamin, Muhammad (PETRONAS) | Tugimin, M Azri B A (PETRONAS) | Azlan, Ali Al-Amani (PETRONAS) | Michael, Lester Tugung (Schlumberger) | Sepulveda, Willem (Schlumberger) | Cortez V., Juan L. (Schlumberger) | Muhamed Salim, Muzahidin (Schlumberger) | Kalidas, Sanggeetha (Schlumberger) | Chan, Nathanael Vui Kit (Schlumberger) | Biniwale, Shripad (Schlumberger) | Serbini, Feroney (Schlumberger) | Mohd Arifin, Azahari (Schlumberger) | Tan, Tina Lee Ting (Schlumberger) | Tee, Karen Ying Chiao (Schlumberger)
‘S’ field is a mature oilfield located offshore Sabah, Malaysia. As part of the redevelopment plan, ‘S’ field was the first field selected for an end-to-end asset management Integrated Operations (IO project) where multiple workflows have been implemented for the asset operation optimization through monitoring and surveillance. One of the exclusive workflow that will be further elaborated in this paper is on Candidate Selection and Reservoir Optimization.
Although field optimization mission was ongoing, proper knowledge capture and standardization of such techniques were not adequate due to the limited data management. Lack of decision-support mechanism and most importantly the challenge was of understanding and analysing the asset performance. A key to the success of field and reservoir optimization is defining a tailored approach, for selection of right candidate and collaborative decision for well/field intervention.
With an objective of full field revitalization, the project was focused on integrated, collaborative 3R approach – Reliability, Reusability and Repeatability. Reliability component was based on capturing knowledge from experienced professionals from various domains and blending that with traditionally proven analytical techniques. Reusability was emphasized by the development of consistent and robust analysis workflows ready to use. Repeatability was aiming at standardizing the process of candidate selection and decision making to assist junior engineers.
Transition zone (TZ) refers to a certain height above the Free Water Level (FWL) where both hydrocarbon and water could potentially flow together. The two phases flow is not the definite situation based on the actual fields’ performance observation and it is an ongoing common misunderstanding with broad level of subjectivities for years. Lack of relevant experimental data and the insufficient physical understanding of the characteristics of the transition zone makes the modeling of both 3D static and dynamics to be challenging, subjective and finally uncertain when it comes to predictive capability.
The recent studies by the team and this paper aim to illustrate that in the transition zone due to the relatively lower capillary force, oil has usually occupied the bigger pores compared to the intervals above the transition zone and hence the oil is more prone to move. Also, under enough drawdown and differential pressure level where it could be sensed by aquifer, water could also be fed by aquifer through the established water film by capillary. However, the water saturation in the transition zone will not be reduced through production compared to the initial water saturation. Hence, the relative permeability curves should be cautiously developed to represent the flow condition in the transition zone.
Three oil rim developments in Malaysia with established transition zone and enough production & relevant surveillance history have been selected for this study. There is evidence from actual production data on dry oil recovery from transition zone between one to two years after those wells were put into production. Depending on the standoff of bottom perforated interval with oil water contact (OWC), water production onset may vary with time. Some of the fields have been placed with several horizontal wells in tapping the oil within transition zone to maximize recovery.
This paper will discuss an integrated multi-disciplinary views on understanding the flow characteristics and dry oil production from transition zone. Understanding the capillary pressure, depletion and drawdown strategy together with well completion design as well as location in respect with height above Free Water Level (FWL) is crucial in successful monetization of the transition zone.
Brownfield in Balingian and Baram Delta have handful of idle wells and well to be abandoned in their inventories. The project aims to reduce the idle well inventories and support production gain through monetizing behind casing opportunities. The target is to appraise and develop LRLC potentials with lower cost of appraisals. This will maximize full field potentials before abandonment and leads to future development of LRLC opportunities as conventional reservoir becomes more difficult to develop.
The idle well inventory has grew up due to problem in production (increase water cut, HGOR) and well problems (sand, fish). An order has been introduced to reduce the idle well list up to 50%. Additionally, in the past, the LRLC intervals were often ignored and considered as water-wet sands due to high water saturation or as tight sands. These intervals, that contain significant reserves, are recognized in many technical papers explaining its identification and evaluation techniques from well-data (logs and samples/cores). The scope of the project is to rejuvenate the idle wells by add-perf LRLC reservoirs.
It is impossible to achieve the target without the presence of proper and improved LRLC BCO evaluation process, thus an integrated workflow approach (between Petrophysicist, Reservoir Engineer, Production Technologist, Asset manager & Well Intervention group) has been developed and applied in the project. A new evaluation tools had also been developed called REM (Resolution Enhanced Modelling) in order to improve the log properties of LRLC reservoirs so that the data obtained from old conventional tools can still be used to evaluate LRLC reservoir. Although LRLC is termed UNSEEN, the risk is reduced by proper understanding of hydrocarbon column and sand development.
To date, 7 fields are already benefitted from this approach. Field A LRLC reservoir for example has tripled the hydrocarbon saturation, and net to gross has improved to 20% using REM compare to 5% without REM. The other 6 fields are also gaining the same increase in the properties. This has resulted in a cumulative potential of 4.4 MMstb of reserves addition and ~11 KBopd potential gain. As a result, a better and attractive BCO proposals can be generated from LRLC opportunities. The exercise will provide the company with cheaper options of appraising and developing LRLC reservoir while reducing the idle wells. There is no better way of understanding LRLC reservoir; as no tools can identify & quantify it yet, rather from the actual production.