Tech Paper: Numerical Maximization of the Secondary Polymer Flooding Value in a Mature, Offshore, Heavy Oil Reservoir

Methodology helps improve the chances of finding the maximum net present value solution Successfully implementing polymer flooding and maximizing benefits requires selecting best options of variables such as polymer concentration and slug, and number and location of new wells. Option-decisions combined generate thousands of scenarios. Therefore, even using smart algorithm optimizers to efficiently find the maximum of a business objective mathematical function can be a very...

Case Study: Operator Successfully Runs 5 ¾-inch Slim-Hole Drilling Operation with Geo-Pilot® RSS System

Innovative solution drills one of the longest slim sections (5,500 feet) on Norwegian Continental Shelf CHALLENGE – In the previous operation of this ERD well, an expandable liner had been set to address formation instability. This expandable liner created a challenge, since the liner’s internal diameter was only 5.795 inches, which is extremely narrow. The wellbore’s narrow opening required a slim-version drill bit and the rotary...

Tech Paper: Modeling Flow Profiles Using Production Log Temperature Data in Single and Multiphase Wells

Real-time multiphase flow monitoring proves valuable This paper presents the application of a method to determine a generalized wellbore-flow profile using predominantly fluid temperature data obtained through a platinum-resistance thermometer (PRT) tool. The method is advantageous, enabling the calculation of multiphase rates independently of spinner data, and it is based almost solely on temperature measurements, which are reliable and available with every production-logging string. The method...

Case Study: Illusion® Frac Plug Helps Operator Save $200,000

All 15 plugs dissolved, removing the need for coiled tubing millout CHALLENGE – In an ongoing effort to reduce the risks and costs incurred when completing a well using the plug-and-perforate method, the operator was primarily looking for ways to remove the need for milling out composite plugs. As an added challenge, the customer’s objective was to maintain the same parameters during the pump down and...

Tech Paper: The Radial Approach to Safety Factors for Tubular Design

New radial safety factor can help assist well engineers with safer and more straightforward tubular design. Traditionally, collapse safety factor (SF) is the ratio of tubular collapse resistance to collapse load. The collapse resistance is usually calculated using formulas suggested in API 5C3 or ISO 10400. If the collapse load is very small while the tension stress and/or internal pressure are high, the collapse SF could...

Case Study: Boots & Coots Regains Control of Platform After Five-Well Blowout

Team maintains stability of 30-well platform, contains blowouts, and safely caps wells CHALLENGE – The main concern was to maintain the stability of the platform, which was rapidly deteriorating due to prolonged heat exposure. Fortunately, some of the wells were producing via a gas lift process and, after the initial explosion, the operation could be shut down, extinguishing the fires on these wells. Now the fires...

Keeping mature fields economically viable

Understanding current field and well production to help extend the life of a mature asset Mature fields provide about 70 percent of today’s global hydrocarbon production, yet we extract only about 35 percent of what we find. That means that for every 100 barrels we discover, we’re leaving 65 in the ground. An improvement in recovery of just one percent would deliver the equivalent of two...

Tech Paper: Study of Multilateral-Well-Construction Reliability

Examining 22 years of actual multilateral-well applications to determine true reliability Multilaterals are often cited as technology that can be implemented to maximize reservoir-recovery rates. However, few operators have been willing to put multilaterals into practice. The most frequently cited reason for not considering multilaterals is risk. Without access to data to show otherwise, it is difficult to overcome this industry perception of risk toward multilateral...

A Results-Driven Approach to Unconventionals

Understanding desired objectives and environmental changes in order to maximize production and reduce costs A frequent call to action in today’s oilfield environment is to do whatever we can to reduce costs and to improve the efficiency of the work. Understanding our own deliverables and costs allows us to identify areas for reducing costs and improving the value of the work we deliver. The unconventional market...

Case Study: Operator Saves USD 7.2 Million with Improved Drilling Performance and Sets New Field Benchmark

DES helps operator reduce drilling with potential savings of USD 115 million across field CHALLENGE – These shallow-water wells were typically drilled in about 93–105 days because of many factors, such as trajectory management, bit selection, limited hole cleaning, and bit hydraulic power design. Thus, the rate of penetration (ROP) and the additional time spent for hole cleaning were not optimal. To keep its operations economically...