This paper addresses the innovative appraisal strategy applied to the Libra project; located in ultra-deep waters offshore Brazil. It details the key role of the Extended Well Test (EWT) Program, within the field overall Risk Mitigation Plan, as well as its interfaces with additional appraisal activities. The Value of Information (VoI) for the main acquired data is described, highlighting the associated impacts for the full field development and validation of the enhanced recovery strategy.
A case study approach details how the whole EWT project maximized the acquired information, mainly from a reservoir point of view. Although the EWT approach is not new to Petrobras in the offshore environment, this is the first one with simultaneous oil production and gas reinjection. Several reasons justify the use of the industry’s first dedicated offshore EWT system with this capability. Gathering data on the main dynamic parameters of the field was critical to speed-up the development, with an acceptable risk level. The incorporation of these data in the reservoir models and the impacts in the most relevant development decisions are also described.
The chosen methodology brought many opportunities, as well as challenges to interpret the data and to incorporate them in the reservoir models. Furthermore, the capability to produce without continuous gas flaring makes it possible to apply such approach anywhere else in the world.