Telang, Milan (Kuwait Oil Company) | Al-Matrook, Mohammad F. (Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research) | Oskui, Gh. Reza (Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research) | Mali, Prasanna (Kuwait Oil Company) | Al-Jasmi, Ahmad (Kuwait Oil Company) | Rashed, Abeer M. (Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research) | Ghloum, Ebtisam Folad (Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research)
Asphaltene deposition problems in Kuwait have become a serious issue in a number of reservoirs during primary production in different fields, resulting in a severe detrimental effect on the economics of oil recovery. Hence, one of the mitigation approaches in the field is using remedial solvent treatments, such as Xylene or Toluene, which is very costly and harmful to the environment.
Kuwait Oil Company (KOC) is planning to produce from asphaltinic Marrat wells that have been shut down due to low bottom-hole pressure (BHP), by artificial lifting technique using an Electric Submersible Pump (ESP) supported with continuous chemical injection, as a pilot. The main objective of this study was to investigate in the lab the effectiveness of various concentrations of toluene/diesel (T/D) mixtures on Marrat reservoir fluid in order to mitigate asphaltene deposition problem during the actual pilot implementation.
Preliminary screening tests were conducted on the surface oil sample using Solid Detection System (SDS) "laser technique?? to determine the optimum dose of the T/D mixture ratio. The results showed that pure diesel accelerated the asphaltene precipitation; however, mixing T/D inhibited the precipitation process. Series of pressure depletion tests was then conducted on live oil , single phase samples, to determine the Asphaltene Onset Pressure (AOP) with and without adding various ration of T/D solvents at different temperatures from reservoir to surface conditions.
The results revealed that using 15% (by volume of oil) from the (50T:50D) mixture reduced the AOP close to the bubble point pressure. Furthermore, the amount of the precipitated asphaltene was physically quantified using a bulk filtration technique. It was observed that, based on blank sample, the wt% of the precipitated asphaltene was minimized at the AOP and maximized at the bubble point. However, using the recommended mixture of 50T/50D, the amount of asphaltene that precipitated was almost negligible. Therefore, from a health, safety, and economic point of view, this study recommends using a low dose of 7.5% (by volume of oil) from toluene mixture with diesel (50%:50%) rather than using pure toluene to prevent the precipitation.
Cinar, Yildiray (The University of New South Wales) | Arns, Christoph (The University of New South Wales) | Dehghan Khalili, Ahmad (The University of New South Wales) | Yanici, Sefer (The University of New South Wales)
Resistivity measurements play a key role in hydrocarbon in place calculations for oil and gas reservoirs. They are a direct indi-cator of fluid saturation and connected pore space available in the formation. Carbonate rocks, which host around half of the world's hydrocarbons, exhibit a wide range of porosities with scales spanning from nanometres to centimetres. The often sig-nificant amount of microporosity displayed by Carbonate rocks emphasizes the necessity of an adequate characterization of their micro-features and their contribution to hydrocarbon in place. In this paper we examine upscaling methods to probe for-mation factor of a fully saturated carbonate sample using an X-ray CT based numerical approach and compare to experimental measurements.
Three-dimensional high-resolution X-ray CT enables the numerical calculation of petrophysical properties of interest at the pore scale with resolutions down to a few microns per voxel. For more complex and heterogeneous samples however, a direct calculation of petrophysical properties is not feasible, since the required resolution and a sufficient field of view cannot be obtained simultaneously. Thus an integration of measurements at different scale is required. In this study a carbonate sample of 38mm in diameter is first scanned using the X-ray CT method with a resolution of 26µm. After accompanying experimental measurements on the full plug, four 5mm plugs were drilled vertically from this sample and X-ray CT images of these plugs acquired at resolutions down to 2.74 µm. We calculate the porosity of the sample (macro- and micro-porosities) using the phase separation methods and then predict the formation factor of the sample at several scales using a Laplace solver. The formation factor is calculated by using a general value of m=2 as cementation factor for intermediate porosity voxels. We compare to experimental measurements of formation factor and porosity both at the small plug and full plug scale and find good agreement.
To assess the degree of uncertainty of the numerical estimate, we probe the extent of heterogeneity by investigating the size of a representative elementary volume (REV) for formation factor. We find that for the considered heterogeneous carbonate sam-ple, formation factor varies considerably over intervals less than a centimetre. Our results show that this variation could be explained by different cementation exponents applied at the micro-voxel scale, with the exemption of one plug, for which the cementation exponent would have to be unreasonably low. These cementation factors are derived by direct comparison be-tween numerical simulation and experiment. We conclude that for one plug an error in experimental measurement might have occurred. The numerical approach presented here therefore aids in quality control. Excluding this plug in the upscaling proce-dure improves the agreement with the experimental result for the whole core while still underestimating formation factor. Al-lowing for a constant m=2 in the simulation at the small scale and using directly the resulting relationship between porosity and formation factor in the upscaling process leads to an overestimation of formation factor.
The Middle Minagish Oolite Formation is 450 to 550 feet thick interval of porous limestone reservoir, composed of peloidal/skeletal grainstones with lesser amount of packstone, oolitic grainstone, wackstone and mudstone in Umm Gudair field, West Kuwait. It is characterized by small scale reservoir heterogeneity, primarily related to the depositional as well as diagenetic features. Capturing reservoir properties in micro scale and its spatial variation needs special attention in this reservoir due to its inherent anisotropy. Reservoir properties will depend on the level that we are analyzing on reservoir (millimeter to meter scale). Here we used Electrical Borehole Image (EBI) and Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) to capture small scale feature of Umm Gudair carbonate reservoir and compared them with core data
In present work, reservoir properties (including texture, facies, porosity and permeability) interpreted by the EBI shows good match with NMR driven properties and core data. Textural changes in image logs also match well with pore size distribution from NMR logs. Further highly porous zones which are considered either due to primary porosity or vugs match with larger pores of NMR logs and these corroborates with also core derived porosity. A good match has been observed between EBI, NMR and cored derived porosity. Permeability calculations have also been made and compared with core data. A detail workflow has been developed here to interpret reservoir properties on un-cored wells, where only low vertical resolution data is available. This technique is quite useful to identify the characters and mode of origin highly porous zones in reservoir section which are generally not identifiable by low resolution standard logs. This workflow will allow us to interpret the heterogeneity at high resolution level in un-cored wells, as results are validated with integration of EBI, NMR and core data.
The high-profile blowout at Macondo well in the US Gulf of Mexico, brought the challenges and the risks of drilling into high-pressure, high-temperature (HPHT) fields increasingly into focus. Technology, HSE, new standards, such as new API procedures, and educating the crew seem to be vital in developing HPHT resources. High-pressure high-temperature fields broadly exist in Gulf of Mexico, North Sea, South East Asia, Africa, China and Middle East. Almost a quarter of HPHT operations worldwide is expected to happen in American continent and the majority of that solely in North America. Oil major companies have identified key challenges in HPHT development and production, and service providers have offered insights regarding current or planned technologies to meet these challenges. Drilling into some shale plays such as Haynesville or deep formations and producing oil and gas at HPHT condition, have been crucially challenging. Therefore, companies are compelled to meet or exceed a vast array of environmental, health and safety standards.
This paper, as a simplified summary of the current status of HPHT global market, clarifies the existing technological gaps in the field of HPHT drilling, cementing and completion. It also contains the necessary knowledge that every engineer or geoscientist might need to know about high pressure high temperature wells. This study, not only reviews the reports from the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE) and important case studies of HPHT operations around the globe but also compiles the technical solutions to better maneuver in the HPHT market. Finally, the HPHT related priorities of National Energy Technology Laboratories (NETL), operated by the US Department of Energy (DOE), and DeepStar, as a strong mix of large and mid-size operators are investigated.
The demand for hydrocarbons is expected to grow worldwide. As a result, deeper reservoirs are being explored. Emulsified acid systems are preferred for the stimulation of high-temperature carbonate reservoirs with bottomhole temperatures (BHTs) of 275°F and above. The retarded nature of an emulsified acid system decreases both the acid reaction rate and the rate of corrosion. However, the lack of emulsion stability of these systems is a major problem associated with high-temperature applications (at 300°F and above).
Corrosion inhibitors and intensifiers can interfere with the stability of an emulsified acid system, which consequently leads to higher corrosion losses. At the same time, there is a need for better inhibition systems to counteract the effects of corrosion at higher temperatures. In this paper, a combination of three intensifiers was used, based on the differences in their mechanisms for inhibitor intensification action. The study includes the effect of varying the concentration of each component, hydrochloric (HCl) acid strength (20 to 28%), and temperature (275 to 325°F) on the stability and corrosion rate using P-110/N-80 coupons. The unique combination of the corrosion inhibitor and three intensifiers with proper optimization created a system capable of passing a corrosion test at 300°F using 28% HCl acid. The temperature limit of the system can be extended up to 325°F using an additional intensifier with 25% acid strength.
The present system can be used for acid stimulation of carbonate reservoirs with BHTs up to 325°F. This study revealed a better understanding of the effect of the intensifiers in an emulsified acid system and the synergism amongst them. This enabled the use of an emulsified acid stimulation on carbonate reservoirs having BHTs up to 325°F while reducing the corrosion rate to a level that meets the current market demand for acidizing operations. This work shows that emulsified acid systems can be used with HCl acid strengths ranging from 20 to 28% at high temperatures. The resultant better wormholing at high temperatures should also lead to enhanced oil production.
Sherwani, Waseem Akhtar (Eastern Testing Service (Pvt) Limited) | Qureshi, Imran (Eastern Testing Service (Pvt) Limited) | Khattak, Kifayatullah (Eastern Testing Service (Pvt) Limited) | Ali, Abdul Salam (Eastern Testing Service (Pvt) Limited) | Ali, Syed Dost (Pakistan Petroleum Limited)
Well control is the management of the hazardous effects caused by the unexpected well release. In a production well, downhole safety valve and X-mass tree are considered the main barriers against the well release in the event of a worst case scenario surface disaster. Inadequate risk management and improperly managed well control situations cause blowouts, potentially resulting in a fire hazard.
This paper describes a case history of a production well where a tubing string was eroded severely during production phase. The problem was detected while attempting to retrieve the separation sleeve in the long string which was not accessible at the required depth. Downhole camera indicated that 90% of the long string had been eroded and remaining 10% is connected with the flow coupling. Thus, full workover job was required to replace tubing strings. However, the lack of well control barrier in the tubing to prevent uncontrolled flow of hydrocarbons prior to blowout preventer (BOP) installation for the workover was a serious safety concern.
Introduction of Nippleless Tubing-Stop Plug technology provide an effective, safe and economical remedial solution to the problem.
As part of well control standard, double barrier policy is always maintained on the well to avoid unwanted and uncontrolled flow from the well. Before any work over, the well must first be killed as a first well control barrier. A second barrier is required to prevent communication from the wellbore to surface once the wellhead is removed. Tubing plug is an effective second barrier used to isolate the wellbore pressure from tubing.
NIPPLELESS PLUG TECHNOLOGY DEPLOYMENT
In the past, the tubing plug's lock systems have been designed in which landing nipples or profiles are provided along the tubing string's interior surface, and wherein a lock/ plug will be placed in the nipple or profile. However, placement of a lock of this type is limited to those points along the string at which an appropriate nipple or profile is located. In cases where tubing string is damaged or eroded where nipple or profile is no longer usable, the common tubing plug can no longer be a barrier device.
Introduction of "Nippleless?? plugs addressed this issue because they do not require the presence of a nipple or profile to be set within a string. Nippleless plug offer the capability to set plugs at any depth or point within well.
Stoupakova, A.V. (Moscow State University) | Kirykhina, T.A. (Moscow State University) | Suslova, A.A. (Moscow State University) | Kirykhina, N.M. (Moscow State University) | Sautkin, R.S. (Moscow State University) | Bordunov, S.I. (Moscow State University)
The Russian Western Arctic Basins cover the huge area including the Barentsand Kara seas, the western part of the Laptev sea and adjacent territories withsome archipelagoes and islands (Spitsbergen, Franz Josef Land, SevernayaZemlya, Novaya Zemlya, etc.). They comprise the Barents and Kara Basins, thenorthern areas of the Timan-Pechora Basin, the North West Siberia, includingYamal and Gidan peninsulas and the Yenisey-Khatanga Basin. Within the RussianWestern Arctic basins the following main tectonic elements can be identified:extensional depressions (Central-Barents, Yenisei-Khatanga, West Siberia, EastUrals) with sedimentary thickness is more than 12- 14 km; platform massiveswith average thickness of sediments of 4 - 6 km, monoclines and tectonic steps,like transition zones between extensional depressions and platform massives.Western Arctic basins are filled by mainly Palaeozoic and Mesozoic sedimentarysuccessions. In the sedimentary cover of this large region, many commonstratigraphic complexes and unconformities can be traced within Palaeozoic andMesozoic complexes that show similarity of geological conditions of theirformation. Analysis of the Russian Western Arctic basins, their structures andhydrocarbon prosepctivity shows the areas, which are favourable for hydrocarbonaccumulations. Deep depressions, as areas of long-term and stable sinking, arehighly promising zones for the accumulation of predominantly gas fields. Theyform regional gas accumulation belts, extending for thousands of kilometres,where the largest fields can be expected in the zones of their intersectionwith the major tectonic elements of another strike. Within the Barents-Karashelf, the large belt of predominantly gas accumulation extends from the northof the West Siberian province through the South Kara basin and into the BarentsSea. The second potential belt of predominantly gas accumulation may beassociated with the North Barents ultra-deep depression. On the flanks of thedepressions the sedimentary cover profile does not contain the complete set ofoil-and-gas-bearing complexes, identified in the central parts of theextensional depressions. The reservoirs can be filled by HC due to the lateralmigration of fluids from the neighbouring kitchens or from their own dominantoil-and-gas source rock strata. For the formation of oil accumulations, themost favourable are platform massifs and ancient uplifts areas.
It is fundamental to pilot and deploy IOR/EOR initiatives to improve recovery from petroleum reservoirs using cost effective methods, ensuring a continuous supply of production that would meet the ever-increasing demand for energy.
Under-Balanced Drilling (UBD) technology proved worthy as a valuable initiative in the redevelopment strategy of a Giant Carbonate reservoir located in the Middle East. It improved well deliverability especially in low permeability reservoir zones. The strategy for this has been to deploy 3-4000 feet laterals to maximize reservoir contact to such tight units or drill as far as possible to have maximum flow input/productivity. Horizontalization (non-UBD), together with stimulation has been going on for many years with mixed success as recent production log surveys showed negligible contribution from several wells completed in these low permeability units.
In 2011, well-X was drilled underbalanced to assess the value of this technology in augmenting productivity and improving reservoir characterization. Significant improvement in Productivity Index was accomplished by minimizing damage from drilling and completion operations. In addition, considerable knowledge was acquired from Flowing While Drilling (FWD) data and multi-rate tests in four segments of the production zone. Real-time geosteering was actively used to account for changes in the reservoir architecture.
Analysis of the FWD data has derived in new understanding of the dynamic nature of the reservoir's South-central region, highlighting sectors of high permeability, fractures, tight areas, different pressure regimes and varying fluid composition. Furthermore, despite the innovative nature of the technology, drilling and completion was very well controlled by the Well Construction teams, resulting in costs not significantly higher than normal over-balanced wells.
The enhanced reservoir knowledge that UBD delivers as shown from well-X will result in improved recovery efficiency and possible delayed water production. Moreover, it is a lead value improvement technology that will meet strategic business objectives with minimum risk and lowest Unit Technical Cost.
Substantial improvement in gathering and managing critical data in tracking, readiness, utilization and reliability of downhole tools is required in today's challenging well intervention operations. Critical information must be collected and presented in an effective way in order to make efficient use of that data. Coiled tubing service providers have already achieved successes in the maintenance tracking of surface equipment but not for downhole tools. Whereas running conventional coiled tubing tools ranged from check valves, nozzles, motors and jars, today's coiled tubing tools incorporate advanced electronics, fiber optics and sensors. The intent of the following discussion is to show how the implementation of software, customized for coiled tubing downhole tools, resulted in an improvement in service quality.
The software was pilot tested in Malaysia's coiled tubing operations and has shown significant improvements over existing methods of tracking tool utilization and maintenance. The features and improvements found in the newly implemented software, such as the automatic triggering of maintenance events based on job conditions, will be discussed and compared to the existing methods available for tracking and using critical information.
Implementation of the software in 2011-12 has allowed a step-change in Malaysia's maintenance practices almost 500 downhole tools, ensuring the highest level of service quality. The data captured by the system also feedbacks to the engineering and sustaining departments where known issues can be communicated to the rest of the CT population or design improvements can be identified and implemented. The results of the pilot program in Malaysia have led to improvements in the system which is now being rolled out to all coiled tubing locations worldwide targeting best in class service quality.
Asset Tracking Challenges
Coiled tubing downhole tools have historically been comprised of rather simple mechanical assemblies, where routine maintenance included the visual inspection and replacement of o-rings and worn out parts after each job. Since 2010 an increased number of CT operations utilize complex downhole tools which contain various mechanical, electrical and optical components. These tools are also used in increasingly demanding downhole environments at ever higher temperatures and pressures, and at greater depths. In a highly competitive market, a service provider must ensure that everything possible has been done to prepare a set of tools for an upcoming operation. Preventative maintenance for downhole tools plays a key role in overall reliability, and is therefore crucial to preparedness for successful operations. In terms of operational safety, the Macondo catastrophe has added increased emphasis and visibility on the readiness and reliability of CT downhole tools. Furthermore, a successful maintenance program will increase the service life of downhole tools, leading to an improvement in overall economic efficiency.
Due to the high costs related to many of the newer downhole tools, it is more important than ever for service providers to ensure the highest possible asset utilization. Downhole tools are shared by locations and some by regions, so it has become important to have a means of tracking the physical location and availability of the tool; something which was not critical before 2010 and the advent of regular utilization of complex and expensive downhole tools in CT service.
Masalmeh, Shehadeh K. (Shell Technology Oman) | Wei, Lingli (Shell International Exploration & Production B.V.) | Hillgartner, Heiko (Petroleum Development Oman) | Al-Mjeni, Rifaat (Shell) | Blom, Carl P.A. (Shell Intl E&P)
Enhanced oil recovery (EOR) has become increasingly important to maintain and extend the production plateaus of existing oil reservoirs. Simulation models for EOR studies require the right level of spatial resolution to capture reservoir heterogeneity. Data acquired from the dedicated observation wells are essential in defining the required resolution to capture reservoir heterogeneity. For giant reservoirs with long production history, their full field models usually have grid block sizes that are of similar scale as the distance between injectors and observation wells, with the consequence of losing the value of the time lapse saturation logs from dedicated observation wells. Therefore, using high resolution sector models, especially from the part of the reservoir where static and dynamic data sets are rich, is a must.
The objective of this paper is to present an improved and integrated reservoir characterization, modelling and water and gas injection history matching procedure of a giant Cretaceous carbonate reservoir in the Middle East. The applied workflow integrates geological, petrophysical, and dynamic data in order to understand the production history and the remaining oil saturation distribution in the reservoir. Large amounts of field data, including time lapse saturation logs from observation wells, have been collected over the last decades to provide insight into the sweep efficiency and flow paths of the injected water.
Iterative simulations were performed to investigate different scenarios and various sensitivities with each iteration involving an update of the static model to honor both the dynamic and core/log data. While applying this iterative process it was also acknowledged that conventional core data (e.g. 1 plug per foot) may not capture the high permeability streaks in these heterogeneous reservoirs that control much of the reservoir flow behaviour, hence much denser plugging and core examination is required. In addition, permeability upscaling procedures need to take into account the fact that core plugs may not represent the effective permeability of the larger connected vuggy pore systems.
The improved understanding of reservoir heterogeneity, the more robust reservoir characterization, and the improved history matching demonstrates that a better representation of reservoir dynamics is achieved. This provides a solid platform for designing and planning future EOR schemes.
Carbonate reservoirs contain more than 50% of world's remaining conventional hydrocarbon reserves and on average have relatively low recovery factors. With the insight that the era of "easy oil?? (conventional oil and natural gas that are relatively easy to extract) is phasing out, enhanced oil recovery (EOR) becomes increasingly important to maintain and extend the production plateaus from existing oil reservoirs. EOR technologies, however, require a refined understanding of reservoir heterogeneities and dynamic field performance. Simulation models for EOR studies need to have the right level of resolution and details. Often, we find that for a giant reservoir with a long waterflood history, working with full field models with coarse simulation grids is not adequate to understand the reservoir performance and calibrate the static model. Therefore, using high resolution sector models, especially from the part of the reservoir where static and dynamic data sets are rich, is a must.