Maturing giant and super giant fields have, typically, an extensive data set ranging from seismic data to time lapse surveillance data. The data set, associated studies and models together with driving values defined by ADNOC form the foundations of long-term plans, field development plans, business plans, reservoir management plans and production optimization plans. Ensuring the adequacy and optimality of the plans and their capability to meet their prescribed objectives is a very challenging task that requires unique assessment workflows. ADNOC is undertaking multiple fast-tracked Integrated Reservoir Performance and Production Sustainability Assurance (IPR) projects with the above objectives in mind. In this paper we will share the experience gained through the execution of such projects and the way this experience helped refining the workflows and the associated value.
We designed and applied unique workflows that combine "Bottom up" approaches by technical discipline with the "Top down" focusing on those factors that have the largest impact on the scope of the plans and the ability to deliver the expected outcomes. The identified issues and opportunities are presented in terms of their impact on volumes in place, reserves, facility, drilling plans, surveillance plans, modeling, etc. and are associated urgency indicators to help prioritizing actions.
The adopted integrated methodology and workflows helped in identifying and ranking various issues related to the reservoir models (static and dynamic) and many recommendations on how to tackle these issues in the new generation models were provided. Advanced reservoir management workflows were generated towards optimal production and injection balancing as well as to better manage the water flood and identify the most offending injectors. Many scenarios were explored to check the different elements of the full field development plan and ongoing projects, considering all the identified uncertainties. Many recommendations were provided, accordingly, concerning infill drilling and future gas lift program. Specific workflows were generated to optimize the performance of the existing gas lift wells and to identify and rank the future wells that will need gas lift according to their urgency, hence confirm the gas lift compression capacity that was subject of an ongoing project.
Key enabler to complete the project in the planed time frame was the use of cutting-edge modeling technology which has a drastic impact on the project and the team's capability to explore a comprehensive set of scenarios with associated sensitivities and uncertainty analysis providing unique insights towards more optimal decisions and clearer way forward.