Abstract

ADNOC Offshore started-up full field gas-lift activation for the first time in 2020. This major step will unlock field's potential by increasing reservoir withdrawal and increasing wells life by mitigating water production / breakthrough. This paper details the successful application of gas-lift from design during appraisal phase and early production stage to full field implementation. Fit for purpose design was implemented through multi-disciplinary studies and work. A strong change management in operating philosophy was requested to take onboard all stakeholders: Field development, Field Operation, Wells operation, Drilling and completion. Following appraisal and early production phases on a green field, wells design was optimized to ensure proper activation in most of the producers (two over three reservoirs developed). Due to full field development phasing, the first 30% of the wells completion were designed based on early production phase data. Before full field commissioning started, in well gas-lift valves were designed and installed, integrating all the dynamic information gathered during natural flow production. Valves change out was performed with the highest HSE standards, and taking into account full field development timing in order to reduce downtime and therefor maximize production. As gas-lift is new in the operating company, a strong change management was required: operating with gas-lift by field operation team, Completion design, Drilling and Gas-lift Production with SIMOPS. Gas Lift implementation will ensure the future oil production of the field as water injection and production will increase. Gas-lift practice implementation led to modifying the operating company's rules in multiple and deep aspects:

  • Improve field team competencies in handling high pressure gas-lift system,

  • Increase completion and wells operation complexity,

  • Implement new SIMOPS rules.

As a first achievement, one well under reservoir integrity issue (low productivity due to reservoir collapse) was re-activated and production of existing wells was increased of several thousands baril. Further increase in production is expected in the following months as implementation is deployed to all required wells.

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