Offshore production of heavy oil can be challenging due largely to adverse fluid properties, sand production and flow assurance concerns. Recent technology advancements effectively driving management of these challenges and government support through tax relief have significantly contributed to the increased appraisal activity over the last several years in the North Sea heavy oil fields. Application of appropriate technologies and techniques has always been of paramount importance for acquiring high quality information throughout welltest for reservoir characterization at appraisal stage of the fields. It also provides high level of confidence in technology and "proof of concept?? prior to further application in a full field development at investment intensive offshore operating environment.
This paper describes an integrated approach in analytical modeling and design developed and applied in the planning of flow test in a number of North Sea heavy oil fields. This includes a comprehensive pre-evaluation of well productivity, PVT properties modeling as well as design and selection of appropriate artificial lift method. A series of technical solutions considered relevant in relation to enhancing the low flowing well head temperature conditions, typically observed during the cold heavy oil production offshore and often leading to operational constraints on fluid handling capabilities is also discussed. Additionally, a probablistic approach considering base case, low and high case scenarios has been developed and implemented as part of the evaluation process, given the limited amount of available information and high level of uncertainties.
The study demonstrates the benefits of applying analytical techniques for uncertainties handling during flow test planning and thereby enabling accentuation of potential issues, properly planning for mitigation actions and predicting the entire flow test sequence. Finally the study underlines some important guidelines pertaining to planning for further appraisal and development of new heavy oil fields.
Haider, Bader Y.A. (Kuwait Oil Company) | Rachapudi, Rama Rao Venkata Subba (Kuwait Oil Company) | Al-Yahya, Mohammad (Kuwait Oil Company) | Al-Mutairi, Talal (Kuwait Oil Company) | Al Deyain, Khaled Waleed (Kuwait Oil Company)
Production from Artificially lifted (ESP) well depends on the performance of ESP and reservoir inflow. Realtime monitoring of ESP performance and reservoir productivity is essential for production optimization and this in turn will help in improving the ESP run life. Realtime Workflow was developed to track the ESP performance and well productivity using Realtime ESP sensor data. This workflow was automated by using real time data server and results were made available through Desk top application.
Realtime ESP performance information was used in regular well reviews to identify the problems with ESP performance, to investigate the opportunity for increasing the production. Further ESP real time data combined with well model analysis was used in addressing well problems.
This paper describes about the workflow design, automation and real field case implementation of optimization decisions. Ultimately, this workflow helped in extending the ESP run life and created a well performance monitoring system that eliminated the manual maintenance of the data .In Future, this workflow will be part of full field Digital oil field implementation.
At Kuwait Oil Company (KOC) most of the ESP wells are running with downhole sensors to enhance the daily monitoring routine and for having a better knowledge of the pumps performances. However, one of the most important parameter of these ESP Wells is only known after a time period within 3-6 months: The Flow Rate. Production Tests are obtained using Multiphase Flow Testing Units which usually last between 4 and 6 hours that are also utilized to conduct some sensitivities such as choke size and motor speed changes. At Well Surveillance Group, a tailored fit model was developed from which the ESP flow rate can be estimated based on the downhole sensor data and basic fluid properties with an overall deviation below 2% (when they are compared to the results obtained from the Testing Unit). In this sense, flow rate monitoring can be performed at any time and flow testing time and associated cost can be reduced among other benefits. The method requires knowing the ESP model and total number of stages installed in the well, and then using the corresponding performance curve of the ESP model usually provided by the manufacturer, the data is processed and the calculation performed. This work aims to show how this model works, advantages, limitations, implementation status and future improvements.
Turkey, Laila (KOC) | Hafez, Karam Mohamed (KOC) | Vigier, Louise (Beicip) | Chimmalgi, Vishvanath Shivappa (Kuwait Oil Company) | Dashti, Hameeda Hussain (Kuwait Oil Company) | Datta, Kalyanbrata (KOC) | Knight, Roger (KOC) | Lefebvre, Christian (Beicip-Franlab) | Bond, Deryck John (Kuwait Oil Company) | Al-qattan, Abrar (KOC) | Al-Jadi, Manayer (Kuwait Oil Company) | De Medeiros, Maitre (Beicip) | Al-Kandari, Ibrahim (Kuwait Oil Company)
A pilot water flood was carried out in the Marrat reservoir in the Magwa Field. The main aim of this pilot was to allow an assessment of the ability to sustain injection, better understand reservoir characteristics. A sector model was built to help with this task.
An evaluation of the injectivity in Magwa Marrat reservoir was performed with particular attention to studying how injectivity varied as injected water quality was changed. This was done using modified Hall Plots, injection logs, flow logs and time lapse temperature logs.
Data acquisition during the course of the pilot was used to better understand reservoir heterogeneity. This included the acquisition of pressure transient and interference data, multiple production and injection logs, temperature logging, monitoring production water chemistry, the use of tracers and a re-evaluation of the log and core data to better understand to role of fractures.
A geological model using detailed reservoir characterization and a 3D discrete fracture network model was constructed. Fracture corridors were derived from fractured lineaments interpreted from different seismic attribute maps:
A sector model of the pilot flood area was then derived and used to integrate the results of the surveillance data. The main output is to develop an understanding of the natural fracture system occurring in the different units of the Marrat reservoir and to characterize their organization and distribution. The lessons learned from this sector modeling work will then be integrated in the Marrat full field study.
The work described here shows how pilot water flood results can be used to reduce risk related to both injectivity and to reservoir heterogeneity in the secondary development of a major reservoir.
The reliability of the estimated parameters in well test analysis depends on the accuracy of measured data. Early time data are usually controlled by the wellbore storage effect. However, this effect may last for the pseudo-radial flow or the boundary dominated flow. Eliminating this effect is an option for restoring the real data. Using the data with this effect is another option that can be used successfully for reservoir characterization.
This paper introduces a new technique for interpreting the pressure behavior of horizontal wells and fractured formations with wellbore storage. A new analytical model describes the early time data has been derived for both horizontal wells and horizontal wells intersecting multiple hydraulic fractures. Several models for the relationships of the peak points with the pressure, pressure derivative and time have been proposed in this study for different wellbore storage coefficients. A complete set of type curves has been included for different wellbore lengths, skin factors and wellbore storage coefficients. The study has shown that early radial flow for short to moderate horizontal wells is the most affected flow regime by the wellbore storage. For long horizontal wells, the early linear flow is the most affected flow regime by the wellbore storage effect.
The most important finding in this study is the ability to run a short test and use the early time data only for characterizing the formation. This means there is no need to run a long time test to reach the pseudo-steady state. Therefore, from the wellbore storage dominated flow, the early radial and pseudo-radial flow can be established for horizontal wells and hydraulic fractured formations. A step-by-step procedure for analyzing pressure tests using the analytical models (TDS) and the type curves is also included in this paper for several numerical examples.
The well drainage pressure and radius are key parameters of real-time well and reservoir performance optimization, well test design and new wells' location identification. Currently, the primary method of estimating the well drainage radius is buildup tests and their subsequent well test analysis. Such buildup tests are conducted using wireline-run quartz gauges for an extended well shut-in period resulting in deferred production and risky operations.
A calculation method for predicting well/reservoir drainage pressure and radius is proposed based on single-downhole pressure gauge, flowing well parameters and PVT data. The proposed method uses a simple approach and applies established well testing equations on the flowing pressure and rates of a well to estimate its drainage parameters. This method of estimation is therefore not only desirable, but also necessary to eliminate shutting-in producing wells for extended periods; in addition to avoiding the cost and risk associated with the wireline operations. The results of this calculation method has been confirmed against measured downhole, shut-in pressure using wireline run gauges as well as dual gauge completed wells in addition to estimated well parameters from buildup tests.
This paper covers the procedure of the real-time estimation of the well/reservoir drainage pressure and radius in addition to an error estimation method between the measured and calculated parameters. Furthermore, the paper shows the value, applicability and validity of this technique through multiple examples.
This paper aims to study the miscibility features of CO2 miscible injection to enhanced oil recovery from Thani-III reservoir. A Comprehensive simulation model was used to determine multi contact miscibility and suitable equation of state with CO2 as a separate pseudo component using one of the industry's standard simulation software. Experimental PVT data for bottom hole and separator samples including compositional analysis, differential liberation test, separator tests, constant composition expansion, viscosity measurements and swelling tests for pure CO2 were used to generate and validate the model. In addition to that, simulation studies were conducted to produce coreflooding and slimtube experimental models, which were compared with the conclusions drawn from experimental results. Results of this study have shown comparable results with the lab experimental data in regards to minimum miscibility pressure (MMP) calculation and recovery factor estimation, where the marginal errors between both data sets were no more than 7% at its worst. Results from this study are expected to assist the operator of this field to plan and implement a very attractive enhanced oil recovery program, giving that other factors are well accounted for such as asphaltene deposition, reservoir pressure maintenance, oil saturation, CO2 sequestering and choosing the most appropriate time to maximize the net positive value (NPV) and expected project gain.
The time taken to safely optimise a reservoir produced by artificial lift can be measured in weeks or months.
Typically the well by well process is as follows:
• Well testing
• Amalgamation of the well test data with down hole gauge and ESP controller data
• Analysis of the data to find the existing operation conditions
• Analysis of the ESP pump curve operating point and optimisation limitations
• Sensitivity studies in software to assess the optimum frequency and WHP
• Notification for the field operations to action the changes
• Further well tests to verify the new production data.
• Analysis of the data to ensure the ESP and well are running optimally and safely at the new set points
New technology enables this process to be performed in real time across the entire reservoir or field, significantly shortening the time to increased production and enabling real time reservoir management.
Each artificially lifted well in the reservoir was equipped with an intelligent data processing device programmed with a real time model of the well. The processors were linked to a central access point where the operation of field could be remotely viewed in real time.
Each well's processor was provided with a target bottom hole flowing pressure to enable the optimum production of the reservoir. The real time system automatically compared the desired target drawdown values with the capability of the pumping system installed in each well, and automatically suggested the optimum operating frequency and well head pressure to achieve the target. Where the lift system was not capable of producing to the target bottom hole pressure, a larger pump was automatically recommended. As production conditions change the system adapted its recommended operating points to compensate and maintain target production.
This paper discusses three case studies where real time optimisation and diagnosis lead to improved production from the reservoir.
Arif, Muhammad (University of Engineering and Technology) | Bhatti, Amanat Ali (University of Engineering and Technology) | Khan, Ahmed Saeed (University of Engineering and Technology) | Haider, Syed Afraz (Kuwait Foreign Petroleum Exploration Company (KUFPEC))
It has long been proved experimentally that the tight gas sands are more pronounced to stress changes as compared to moderate and high permeability reservoirs because of the narrow flow channels of the formation . The consideration of the effect of stress in the evaluation and production performance of tight gas reservoirs is very important in order to make right decisions regarding their development. Due to hydrocarbon production, the effective stress increases causing a reduction in permeability and porosity of the porous medium.
The conventional pressure transient analysis techniques in gas wells based on constant permeability would become unreliable . Consequently, the incorrect evaluation of permeability leads towards wrong decision regarding well stimulation. Also the inflow performance modeling of tight gas reservoirs based on constant permeability will not be corrected as far as evaluation of well's production potential is concerned.
Few studies on tight gas reservoirs considering the effect of stress sensitive permeability used the Raghavan's stress dependent pseudo-pressure approach  for which pressure vs. permeability data was determined experimentally. But, if laboratory data is not available then there is need to develop an analytical approach to generate the pressure vs. permeability data required for the use of stress dependent pseudo-pressure in reservoir evaluation and production performance studies in tight gas reservoirs.
The objective of this paper is to develop an analytical approach, in the absence of lab data, to generate pressure vs. permeability data for the determination of stress dependent pseudo-pressure. This stress dependent pseudo-pressure is used for well test analysis to determine the stress sensitive formation permeability and also to generate production performance in tight gas reservoirs. The developed technique has also been implemented on the field data of a tight gas reservoir to validate the results by using actual well's production history.
Maqbool, Zohaib (Eastern Testing Services (Pvt.) Ltd.) | Khattak, Kifayat (Eastern Testing Services (Pvt.) Ltd.) | Malik, Javaid Hussain (Eastern Testing Services (Pvt.) Ltd.) | Ahmed, Jawad (MOL Pakistan Oil and Gas Company B.V.)
Well testing is an important tool for field appraisal, field development, reservoir surveillance and management. Some key measurements during well tests are flow rates of individual phases, fluid properties, fluid composition, flowing surface, down hole pressure and temperature etc. Analysis of this data helps in pinpointing where improvements can be made, how the productive potential of the reservoir can be enhanced and where the future investments are to be focused. So production testing campaigns of wells are to be conducted and should be conducted annually or bi-annually to get the aforesaid vital information of the well and the reservoir.
While gathering vital data during production testing, an apprehension is that the hydrocarbon produced and separated on surface should not be flared, as it can cause a huge financial loss and environmental harm. Therefore, a zero flaring concept was adopted during production in which the separated gas was safely and effectively injected back to the production line and the fluids to the storage facility.
In Pakistan, production testing is generally carried out using conventional 1440psi separator and implementing zero flaring concepts. But there are certain limitations associated with the conventional 1440 psi separators available in the country. A few of them are that they cannot be used on wells whose downstream pressure or injection line pressure is greater than the safety limit of 1440 psi separator. They cannot be used on wells with high gas rates greater than the maximum limit of conventional 1440 psi separator which is 60 MMSCFD and the same limitation applies to condensate/oil/water rate as well. For this reason there are certain fields in Northern Pakistan where production testing campaigns with zero flaring cannot be carried out due to the above mentioned limitations of 1440 psi separator.
This paper describes the introduction of the first ever High Pressure (HP) separator in Pakistan. This separator has overcome the limitations due to its high design pressure of 2160 psi and high gas and oil flow rate capacity which in 90 MMSCFD and 13000 bpd respectively. Successful field applications at three different fields in Pakistan are discussed in this paper covering lesson learned and best practices during the operations. Producing wells were tested without flaring or wasting any hydrocarbon which is harmful to environment. All the separated gas was injected back to the high pressure production line which resulted in a huge financial advantage. The application of the non-conventional high pressure separator and implementing zero flaring is proven to be a beneficial solution with huge potential for future applications in Pakistan.