Ghosh, Pinaki (The University of Texas at Austin) | Zepeda, Angel (The University of Texas at Austin) | Bernal, Gildardo (The University of Texas at Austin) | Mohanty, Kishore (The University of Texas at Austin)
Waterflood in low permeability carbonate reservoirs (<50 mD) leaves behind a substantial amount of oil due to capillary trapping and poor sweep. Addition of polymer to the injected water increases the viscosity of the aqueous phase and decreases the mobility ratio, thus, improving the sweep efficiency and oil production from the tight formations. Performance of current synthetic EOR polymers is limited by salinity, temperature and injectivity issues in low permeability formations. Mechanical shear degradation can be applied to high molecular weight synthetic polymers to improve the injectivitiy; but makes the process less economical due to significant viscosity loss and consequent increase in polymer dosage. Recently, a different class of polymer has been developed called "hydrophobically modified associative polymers (AP)". The primary goal of this work is to investigate the performance of associative polymers in low permeability carbonate reservoirs. We compare the performance of associative polymers with that of conventional HPAM polymers in low permeability formations. A low molecular weight associative polymer was investigated as part of this study. A detailed study of polymer rheology and the effect of salinity at the reservoir temperature (60 °C) was performed. Additional experiments were performed in bulk and porous media to investigate the synergy of associative polymers with hydrophilic surfactant blends at different brine salinities. Single phase polymer flow experiments were performed in outcrop Edwards Yellow and Indiana limestone cores of low permeability to determine the optimum polymer concentration to achieve the desired in-situ resistance factor (or apparent viscosity). Similar experiments were performed with HPAM polymer for a comparative study. Results showed successful transport of this associative polymer in low permeability formations after a small degree of shear degradation. The resistance factors for the associative polymer were higher than those for HPAM. Shear degraded polymers showed significant improvement in polymer transport in lower permeability cores with reduction in RRF.
Effective management of Voidage Replacement Ratio (VRR) throughout the producing life of an oil reservoir is essential for achieving optimal oil recovery. VRR is quantitatively defined as injection/production fluid volume ratio at reservoir conditions. The primary goal in managing voidage replacement is to replenish the energy in a reservoir to a degree that the producing wells yield hydrocarbons at economical rates. The determination of VRR, however, becomes more complicated when reservoirs are significantly affected by fluid influxes. This paper presents a method developed to optimize VRR calculations using streamlines, traced from finite-difference reservoir simulation model outputs.
Good reservoir management practice necessitates that conventional VRR should be maintained at or above unity. Maintaining appropriate injection performance is therefore an essential requirement for achieving optimal oil recovery in secondary recovery processes. This can be achieved through effective VRR surveillance, water breakthrough monitoring, and reservoir pressure maintenance.
This paper presents a new technique and associated workflow for rigorous VRR determination that resolves a number of shortcomings inherent in conventional VRR analysis. This rigorous VRRR determination methodology was applied to an existing field with considerable operating history including multiple displacement and recovery processes: primary depletion, aquifer influx, gas re-injection, gravity water injection, and power water injection. This new methodology utilizes finite difference reservoir simulation models to generate streamlines from the pressure field and fluxes. Streamlines represent flow paths between injectors and producers. The streamline trajectories with associated time-of-flight values thus obtained take into account geologic complexity, external fluxes, well locations, phase behavior, and reservoir flow behavior. Rigorous VRR estimates are obtained by accounting for the influxes and well allocation factors (WAF), which represent a measure of connectivity between specific injector/producer pairs with associated fluxes. The fluxes and WAF values are calculated automatically from the history-matched reservoir simulation model during streamline tracing for associated time steps.
Traditionally, the well VRR values are calculated via the formulation of well inflow performance relationship (IPR), which may result in suboptimal estimations by not accounting for external sources of energy, such as influx from neighboring zones. The presented approach allows for improved optimisation of waterflood injection efficiency, where the off-set oil production can be derived directly from reservoir material balance (MB) calculations and streamline-generated well allocation factors. In order to facilitate VRR calculations with dynamic simulation regions, we propose a workflow for streamline (SLN) based VRR calculations using the time-dependent flow-based SLN-conditioned drainage volumes, automatically extracted from the simulation grid and iteratively incorporated into simulation model constraints as a function of simulation run time-steps.
Well RXY is located in Cairn’s Ravva offshore field in the Krishna-Godavari Basin in India. One goal for the field was significant crude production by means of a secondary reservoir section. This paper summarizes key engineering discoveries and technical findings observed during the execution of 200 hydraulic-fracturing diagnostic injection tests in the Raageshwari Deep Gas (RDG) Field in the southern Barmer Basin of India. Reliance Industries and BP are going forward with the expansion of a huge field off the east coast of India that is expected to fill 10% of the country’s energy needs. India Asks Big Oil Companies "Where Do You Want to Drill?" India will test whether it can reach its ambitious goal of reducing oil and gas imports by 10% by 2022 with an upcoming auction of oil properties.
This paper summarizes a technology using SMP to provide downhole sand control in openhole environments. With multistage operations becoming the industry norm, operators need easily deployable diversion technologies that will protect previously stimulated perforations and enable addition of new ones. This paper reviews several aspects of the use of in-stage diversion. Development of a new polymer composite that degrades via hydrolysis in hot water or brine holds potential for use in structural applications for intervention-less downhole tools. The polymer-injection project in the Dalia field, one of the main fields of Block 17 in deepwater Angola, represents a world first for both surface and subsurface aspects.
SPE is educating the next generation of aspiring engineers, scientists and managers about the oil and gas industry. This is an opportunity for school students in grades 9–12, studying Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Geography or interested in Petroleum Engineering are invited to join SPE members from all over the globe to discover the world of Petroleum Engineering. School teachers are invited to bring a group of 10–15 students. Students will be treated to a range of hands-on activities and presentations from renowned engineers. The oil price outlook coupled with the response of each oil and gas company to make ends meet has led to severe exploration budget cuts.
PETRONAS FLNG SATU (PFLNG1) is a floating liquefied natural gas facility producing 1.2 million tonnes per annum (mtpa) of LNG, on a facility that is 365m long, and 60m wide, making it among the largest offshore facility ever built. The PFLNG1 project is the first of its kind in the world and is the first deployment of PETRONASâ€™ Floating Liquefied Natural Gas (FLNG) technology, consolidating the traditional offshore to onshore LNG infrastructure into a single facility. This will see a giant floating facility capable of extracting, liquefying and storing LNG at sea, before it is exported to customers around the globe. The FLNG journey has come a long way since 2006, with many technological options explored to monetise and unlock the potential of small and stranded gas fields. Moving an LNG production to an offshore setting poses a demanding set of challenges â€“ as every element of a conventional LNG facility needs to fit into an area roughly one quarter the size in the open seas whilst maintaining safety and increased flexibility to LNG production and delivery. The keynote address describes the breakthrough features of PFLNG1 â€“ the worldâ€™s first floating LNG facility; and the pioneering innovation that it brings to the LNG industry.
A hydrocarbon find has always been an exploration geologist’s adventure and has remained at the forefront of the E&P cycle for the survival of the oil and gas industry. Big and easy finds are a distant past; therefore, the quest has shifted to go beyond conventional sandstones and carbonates to more complex areas of unconventionals: low porosity, low permeability, low resistivity, tight and ultra-tight, HPHT, shale, CBM, gas hydrates, and any other possible regime including deeper, geologically complex, and seismically opaque features such as salt, basalt, sub-basalt, even basement.
Dutta, Sandipan (Cairn Oil & Gas, Vedanta Ltd.) | Kuila, Utpalendu (Cairn Oil & Gas, Vedanta Ltd.) | Naidu, Bodapati (Cairn Oil & Gas, Vedanta Ltd.) | Yadav, Raj (Cairn Oil & Gas, Vedanta Ltd.) | Dolson, John (DSP Geosciences and Associates LLC) | Mandal, Arpita (Cairn Oil & Gas, Vedanta Ltd.) | Dasgupta, Soumen (Cairn Oil & Gas, Vedanta Ltd.) | Mishra, Premanand (Cairn Oil & Gas, Vedanta Ltd.) | Mohapatra, Pinakadhar (Cairn Oil & Gas, Vedanta Ltd.)
The Eocene Lower Barmer Hill (LBH) Formation is the major regional source rock in the Barmer Basin rift, located in Rajasthan, India, and has substantial unconventional shale potential. The basin is almost completely covered with 3D seismic, providing an opportunity for more surgical mapping of the rapid structural and stratigraphic changes typical with any syn-rift deposit. Thick sections of organic-rich black shales reaching 400 meters thickness with TOC up to 14 wt. %, were deposited during a period of widespread basin deepening. Algal-rich type I oil prone kerogens dominate in north and generate oil, with very little gas. These shales mature at much lower temperatures than the mixed type I and III kerogens in the south, which also generate much larger amounts of gas and oil, and at higher threshold temperatures. The variable kinetics, as well as rapid facies variations typical of rifts, provide challenges to high-grading and testing unconventional shale plays.
Extensive Rock Eval pyrolysis and source rock kinetic databases were combined with petrophysical analysis to determine log-based porosity and saturations and productive potential. Modified Passey techniques calibrated to NMR log porosities provide estimates of organic richness as well as maturity and shale oil saturation. Basin modeling using Trinity software provides probabilistic ranges of generated and expelled hydrocarbons to determine storage capacity. The modeled oil window storage capacity varies between 6 to 13 MMBOE/km2, comparable to the values observed in Eagle Ford and Barnett Shale plays, but in a rifted basin and not broad cratonic shelf deposits.
Excess pore pressure was modeled using the kinetics of kerogen-to-oil conversion, and is noted in some of the deeper wells in tight sandstones, but not confirmed in the undrilled grabens. These pressure-gradient maps, along with oil properties (viscosity and oil mass fractions) derived from the geochemical model, are used to compute the producibility index. Composited storage capacity and producibility index maps have high-graded potential pilot areas.
In contrast to cratonic shale plays such as the Bakken or Eagle Ford, rapid and substantial facies variations occur due to local input of clastics and variable turbidite geometries which form potential targets for horizontal drilling. Increasingly more detailed paleogeographic maps are highlighting both the challenge and potential of the rich source rock in this basin.
This paper will cover how geochemical, structural, paleogeographic, petrophysical and other data are being used to derisk unconventional potential in this rich and complex rift system. Learnings from future testing of the Barmer Basin shale plays will be important to understand how to develop shale plays in other lacustrine rift basins.
Application of horizontal wells and multi-stage fracturing has enabled oil recovery from extremely low permeability shale oil reservoirs, but the expected ultimate recovery (EUR) due to depressurization is only 5-10% of the original oil in place (OOIP). The objective of this work is to test whether coupling a chemical treatment with CO2 huff-n-puff can improve the oil recovery. The chemical blend (CB) contained an anionic surfactant and a persulfate compound in brine. Oil recovery efficiency of the CO2 with the chemical blend was compared with CO2 Huff-n-Puff cycles at different pressures (5200 psi, 4000 psi and 2800 psi). Outcrop Eagle Ford and Mancos core plugs were used in the study. This work shows that CO2 huff-n-puff is an efficient technique to improve oil recovery from oil shales. Most of the added oil was recovered in all the experiments. The pressure to which the cores were pressurized with CO2 did not affect the oil recovery significantly as long as it was high enough (2800 psi in these experiments). The addition of chemical blend seemed to impede the oil recovery. Because of the heterogeneity in shale samples, more experiments need to be conducted to understand and validate these conclusions.
Shale oil contributes more than 60% of the US oil production according to EIA (2019). Shale oil production has been feasible because of technological development for horizontal wells with multi-stage hydraulic fracturing. The hydraulic fracturing technique has improved significantly in recent years, but the estimated oil production in these unconventional reservoirs is less than 10%. For an average well, the oil production rates fall sharply in the first year (more than 75%) because of the extremely low permeability, microfracture closure, and large flow resistance at the matrix-fracture interface. To keep the sustainability of oil production from shale oil, it is essential to develop enhance oil recovery (EOR) techniques for unconventional reservoirs. There have been several investigations on surfactant-based treatments, water injection and CO2 huff-n-puff for shale EOR.
Schumi, Bettina (OMV E&P) | Clemens, Torsten (OMV E&P) | Wegner, Jonas (HOT Microfluidics) | Ganzer, Leonhard (Clausthal University of Technology) | Kaiser, Anton (Clariant) | Hincapie, Rafael E. (OMV E&P) | Leitenmüller, Verena (Montan University Leoben)
Chemical Enhanced Oil Recovery leads to substantial incremental costs over waterflooding of oil reservoirs. Reservoirs containing oil with a high Total Acid Number (TAN) could be produced by injection of alkali. Alkali might lead to generation of soaps and emulsify the oil. However, the generated emulsions are not always stable.
Phase experiments are used to determine the initial amount of emulsions generated and their stability if measured over time. Based on the phase experiments, the minimum concentration of alkali can be determined and the concentration of alkali above which no significant increase in formation of initial emulsions is observed.
Micro-model experiments are performed to investigate the effects on pore scale. For injection of alkali into high TAN number oils, mobilization of residual oil after waterflooding is seen. The oil mobilization is due to breaking-up of oil ganglia or movement of elongated ganglia through the porous medium. As the oil is depleting in surface active components, residual oil saturation is left behind either as isolated ganglia or in down-gradient of grains.
Simultaneous injection of alkali and polymers leads to higher incremental oil production in the micro-models owing to larger pressure drops over the oil ganglia and more effective mobilization accordingly.
Core flood tests confirm the micro-model experiments and additional data are derived from these tests. Alkali co-solvent polymer injection leads to the highest incremental oil recovery of the chemical agents which is difficult to differentiate in micro-model experiments. The polymer adsorption is substantially reduced if alkali is injected with polymers compared with polymer injection only. The reason is the effect of the pH on the polymers. As in the micro-models, the incremental oil recovery is also higher for alkali polymer injection than with alkali injection only.
To evaluate the incremental operating costs of the chemical agents, Equivalent Utility Factors (EqUF) are calculated. The EqUF takes the costs of the various chemicals into account. The lowest EqUF and hence lowest chemical incremental OPEX are incurred by injection of Na2CO3, however, the highest incremental recovery factor is seen with alkali co-solvent polymer injection. It should be noted that the incremental oil recovery owing to macroscopic sweep efficiency improvement by polymer needs to be taken into account to assess the efficiency of the chemical agents.