Summary

The development of a coalbed-methane (CBM) field in its early stage is often plagued by the lack of well control and the scarcity of geological data across a large geographical area. Therefore, constructing a representative static model to estimate the in-place volume presents a formidable challenge. In this paper, we propose a work flow to overcome this challenge and apply it to a CBM field in the northern Bowen basin of Australia.

One may consider this work flow as a best practice for the following reasons. First, it makes use of data from various sources including cores, well logs, seismic interpretation, and topography. Second, it performs rigorous quality control on these data, such as depth shift and log normalization. Third, coal-ply division and correlation and subsequent structural modeling are based on three types of correlation: well-to-well, well-to-seismic, and well-seismic-geographic information system. Fourth, it establishes the low, base, and high trends for the most-important reservoir properties. Fifth, it constructs a base-case static model by combining the aforementioned structural and reservoir-property models. Sixth, it uses sensitivity analysis, which varies one reservoir parameter at a time, to rank the impact of reservoir parameters on in-place volume. Seventh, it uses uncertainty analysis that varies all reservoir parameters simultaneously to arrive at the P10, P50, and P90 in-place volumes and their corresponding static models that one can use for reservoir simulations to estimate the recoverable volumes.

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