Logs provide the most economical and complete source of data for evaluating layered, complex, low porosity, tight gas reservoirs. All openhole logging data should be preprocessed before the data are used in any detailed computations. The series of articles by Hunt et al. clearly describes the steps required to: To correctly compute porosity in tight, shaly (clay-rich) reservoirs, one of the first values to compute is the volume of clay in the rock. The clay volume is normally computed using either the self-potential (SP) or the GR log readings. The following equations are commonly used to compute the clay volume in a formation.
As defined by the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (U.S. FERC), low-permeability ("tight") gas reservoirs have an average in-situ permeability of 0.1 md or less. Others have placed the upper limit at 1 md. Estimates of ultimate recovery from these resources vary widely and depend chiefly on assumptions of wellhead gas price. Methods for estimating gas reserves in moderate- to high-permeability reservoirs are unreliable in very-low-permeability reservoirs. The unreliability can be attributed to the geologic setting in which these reservoirs occur and the completion methods required to make them commercial.
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Many hundreds of subsea wells are currently in service worldwide. Subsea wells may be installed individually, in clusters, or on a template where the reservoir fluids from all the wells are channeled to a manifold that is tied back to a host platform. A simple template arrangement is shown in Figure 1. Often wellheads and wet trees are designed as "diverless" and more recently "guidelineless" because they can be installed, maintained, and repaired either by remote control using equipment that does not need guidelines or tools that are wire guided from a vessel. Figure 1 shows a single-well diverless subsea production system.
The majority of offshore fields have been developed with conventional fixed steel platforms. One common feature of fixed steel structures is that it is essentially "fixed" (i.e., it acts as a cantilever fixed at the seabed). This forces the natural period to be less than that of the damaging significant wave energy, which lies in the 8- to 20-second band. As the water depth increases, these structures begin to become more flexible, and the natural period increases and approaches that of the waves. The consequence of this is the structure becomes dynamically responsive, and fatigue becomes a paramount consideration.
Drilling is not the only challenge to deepwater drilling economics. Current deepwater technology trends almost exclusively require huge discoveries and unprecedented production rates to ensure acceptable rates of return. Advancements in subsea completion technologies have the potential to reduce costs and improve economics. The system reconfiguration will be accomplished by a workboat instead of a drillship. As a result, the cost of the reconfiguration, or "intervention," could be reduced as much as $200,000 per day compared with systems accomplishing similar functions.
This field produces from a structure that lies above a deep-seated salt dome (salt has been penetrated at 9,000 ft) and has moderate fault density. A large north/south trending fault divides the field into east and west areas. There is hydraulic communication across the fault. Sands were deposited in aeolian, fluvial, and deltaic environments made up primarily of a meandering, distributary flood plain. Reservoirs are moderate to well sorted; grains are fine to very fine with some interbedded shales. There are 21 mapped producing zones separated by shales within the field but in pressure communication outside the productive limits of the field. The original oil column was 400 ft thick and had an associated gas cap one-third the size of the original oil column. Porosity averages 30%, and permeability varies from 10 to 1500 md.