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...The Prudhoe Bay field, located on the North Slope of Alaska, is the largest oil and gas ...field in North America. The main Permo-Triassic reservoir is a thick deltaic high-quality ...ut 500 ft thick with porosities of 15 to 30% BV and permeabilities ranging from 50 to 3,000 md. The field contains 20 109 bbl of oil overlain by a 35 Tcf gas cap. The oil averages 27.6 API gravity and ...
The Prudhoe Bay field, located on the North Slope of Alaska, is the largest oil and gas field in North America. The main Permo-Triassic reservoir is a thick deltaic high-quality sandstone deposit about 500 ft thick with porosities of 15 to 30% BV and permeabilities ranging from 50 to 3,000 md. The field contains 20 109 bbl of oil overlain by a 35 Tcf gas cap. The oil averages 27.6 API gravity and has an original solution gas-oil ratio (GOR) of about 735 scf/STB. Under much of the oil column area, there is a 20- to 60-ft-thick tar mat located above the oil-water contact (OWC).
...The Kuparuk River oil field is west of the supergiant ...Prudhoe Bay oil ...field on Alaska's North Slope and was discovered in 1969. It has approximately 5.9 billion bb...
The Kuparuk River oil field is west of the supergiant Prudhoe Bay oil field on Alaska's North Slope and was discovered in 1969. It has approximately 5.9 billion bbl of stock tank original oil in place (STOOIP) and covers more than 200 sq. The sandstone reservoir consists of two zones [A (62% of STOOIP) and C (38% of STOOIP)] that are separated by impermeable shales and siltstones. Sales oil is approximately 24 API with a viscosity at reservoir conditions of approximately 2.5 cp. The reservoir oil was approximately 300 to 500 psi undersaturated at the original reservoir pressure of approximately 3,300 psia.
...This page discusses field experience in the application of various types of conformance improvement gel treatments. Fig. 1[1... to the naturally fractured Embar carbonate formation surrounding Well O-7 of the highly mature SOB field in the Big Horn basin of Wyoming. The wide variations in water/oil ratio (WOR) and oil production r...y good. Fig. 1 – Production response to the CC/AP gel treatment applied to injector O-7 in the SOB field. Fig. 2 shows seven years of incremental oil production response for the combined direct off...
Figure 1 shows the type of production response that is possible when applying a polymer gel treatment to a waterflood injection well to improve sweep efficiency. The figure shows the combined production-response of the four direct offsetting production wells to the gel-treated injection well. The gel treatment was applied for waterflood sweep-improvement purposes to the naturally fractured Embar carbonate formation surrounding Well O-7 of the highly mature SOB field in the Big Horn basin of Wyoming. The wide variations in water/oil ratio (WOR) and oil production rate are quite common in many of the well patterns of this highly fractured reservoir. Sydansk provides more details regarding the 20,000 bbl gel treatment.
...riginal papers should be studied to obtain a more detailed description of the programs. The Snorre field is a giant oil reservoir (sandstone) in the Norwegian sector of the North Sea. Injection water and ... the resulting tracer measurements are discussed in this page. The same tracers used in the Snorre field have been injected in the Gullfaks ...field in the North Sea. The tracers identified unexpected communication paths between layers. The resu...
Interwell tracer tests are widely used. This article reviews some of the studies reported in open literature. The selection introduces different problems that have been addressed, but the original papers should be studied to obtain a more detailed description of the programs. The Snorre field is a giant oil reservoir (sandstone) in the Norwegian sector of the North Sea. Injection water and gas were monitored with tracers, 18 and the resulting tracer measurements are discussed in this page.
...for the injection water. An example of where this is a significant consideration is the Kuparuk oil field on the North Slope of Alaska, US, where nearshore ocean water is the waterflood injection water. Th...es will fracture more easily, giving that area enhanced permeability (or negative skin). For the Prudhoe Bay field on the North Slope of Alaska, US, the fracture gradient was reduced to as low as 0.50 psi/ft from t... waterflood is conducted on a well spacing that is considerably smaller than that used for the full-field waterflood (so that injector/producer connectivity data can be obtained sooner), the information it...
The design of a waterflood has many phases. First, simple engineering evaluation techniques are used to determine whether the reservoir meets the minimum technical and economic criteria for a successful waterflood. If so, then more-detailed technical calculations are made. These include the full range of engineering and geoscience studies. The geologists must develop as complete an understanding as possible of the internal character of the pay intervals and of the continuity of nonpay intervals.
...Swc can then be calculated. However, the best-fit Swc result actually is determined by matching the field tracer profiles using our multilayer simulator program for the connate water test. An example of a...n profile from a SWCT test for connate water is shown in Fig. 1. The target formation was in the Prudhoe Bay Field on the Alaska North Slope, US. The reactive ester injected was isopropyl acetate, which was dissolv...ed in light diesel oil. The product tracer in this case was isopropyl alchohol (IPA). Fig. 1 – Field data and simulated tracer profiles for an SWCT test for Swc. The best-fit simulation model for thi...
In certain situations, it is necessary to obtain a reliable measurement for connate water saturation (Swc) in an oil reservoir. The single well chemical tracer (SWCT) method has been used successfully for this purpose. The SWCT method has been used successfully for this purpose in six reservoirs. The SWCT test for Swc usually is carried out on wells that are essentially 100% oil producers. The procedure is analogous to the SWCT method for Sor, taking into account that oil is the mobile phase and water is stationary in the pore space.
...d downward movement of the gas cap at each location can be stabilized. Fig. 2 shows views of the Prudhoe Bay oil ...field (Alaska North Slope) in which the original gas cap was offset to the northeast of most of the oil c...d over much of the downdip oil column where the hundreds of producing wells were located. Fig. 2 – Prudhoe Bay field: different natural depletion producing mechanisms in various areas of the Sadlerochit reservoir....
This page discusses the primary manner in which the immiscible gas/oil displacement process has been used in qualitative terms. This is the use of gas injection high on structure to displace oil downdip toward the production wells that are completed low in the oil column. In many cases, an original gas cap was present, so the gas was injected into that gas cap interval (see Figure 1 for cross-sectional view of anticlinal reservoir with gas cap over oil column with dip angle α and thickness h). In this situation, the force of gravity is at work, trying to stabilize the downward gas/oil displacement process by keeping the gas on top of the oil and counteracting the unstable gas/oil viscous displacement process. If the oil production rate is kept below the critical rate, then the gas/oil contact (GOC) will move downward at a uniform rate.
...logs by many techniques, because shale affects the readings of most logs. The task for a particular field is to identify an evaluation technique that is reasonably accurate and as simple as possible. A met...utions attempt to identify individual clay species. Nevertheless, for petrophysical studies for field development, it is the GR log that is probably used most frequently to evaluate Vsh. The GR-log rea...the reservoir is appropriately subdivided.  Fig. 5 shows the vertical zonation used for the Prudhoe Bay field's Sadlerochit reservoir. Figs. 6 through 8 are example plots based on real reservoir data that show...
The identification of a bed's lithology is fundamental to all reservoir characterization because the physical and chemical properties of the rock that holds hydrocarbons and/or water affect the response of every tool used to measure formation properties. Understanding reservoir lithology is the foundation from which all other petrophysical calculations are made. To make accurate petrophysical calculations of porosity, water saturation (Sw), and permeability, the various lithologies of the reservoir interval must be identified and their implications understood. Lithology means "the composition or type of rock such as sandstone or limestone." Lithology focuses on grains, while rock type focuses on pores. The list of rock types contains more than 250 classifications. Another term used in the literature is the Greek equivalent "petrofacies."
... Ice usually exerts the predominant forces on arctic offshore structures. Extensive laboratory and field tests have been conducted on small-and large-scale specimens to determine in-situ strength characte...predominant failure mode. As the width increases, a combination of crushing and buckling of the ice field around the platform results in the development of a rubble pile. The rubble pile will then shield t...ng and production operations in areas with permafrost have been well defined from experience of the Prudhoe Bay field. In most near shore areas of the artic, permafrost has been found at or near the mudline. These soi...
Production operations in the offshore artic regions are within the reach of existing technology. Procedures used onshore and offshore in less hostile regions, however, must be modified to meet the challenges of the harsh climatic conditions in the remote locations. In the last decade, the major area of industry interest has been the offshore region of Alaska and Canada. The environmental conditions vary significantly in each of these regions. The specific production system that is selected must be tailored to each unique combination of these factors to ensure safe oilfield development.
...sistent drops in injectivity are expected when inorganic scales are formed in injection wells. Most field experience, however, indicates that the injection fluid quickly displaces the native brines away fr...olids can result in severe and rapid plugging of the injection well in a relatively short duration. Field experience in many parts of the world suggests that matrix injection of clean brines containing 3 t...quality of the water, a rapid reduction in injectivity was observed in this and other wells in this field. This reduction led to costly stimulation and workover operations in these subsea wells. Fig. 1--B...
While formation damage is typically a problem affecting the productivity of well, it can also pose problems for injection. Understanding the causes of this type of formation damage is important so that efforts to prevent it can be undertaken. This page discusses the types of formation damage that affect injection wells. In such projects, the cost of piping and pumping the water is determined primarily by reservoir depth and the source of the water. However, water treatment costs can vary substantially, depending on the water quality required.