Abstract

This paper will describe pre and post workover well diagnostic and the successful water shut-off that has resulted. It also talks about the post workover survey. The well was recently completed to a new targeted reservoir and suffered from high water cut (80%) at the start of production. Proper diagnostics identified the source of water and helped in planning a successful remedial job. After water shut off the water cut dropped to zero. Post workover evaluation confirmed production from the targeted interval.

Comprehensive diagnostics are crucial to designing a proper remedial job. A conventional PLT survey will describe the flow characteristics and parameters inside the wellbore only. During the job under consideration, two additional services were deployed; the Spectral Noise Logging and the High Precision Temperature sensing. Their combination with the PLT allows for the assessment of behind casing flow and the identification of active streaks of the formation. The quantification of flow rate behind casing is also achieved by modelling the temperature response from the high precision sensor.

The first survey was conducted with the conventional PLT to identify the source of water. Subsequently, a high precision temperature and spectral noise log were recorded under flowing, transient, and shut-in conditions. A crossflow behind casing from the upper unperforated intervals was identified. The main liquid production is coming from the water-bearing formation that is located 15 ft above the targeted reservoir. The cement evaluation surveys that were run previously confirmed the presence of a cement channel above of the perforated interval. Based on these conclusions a remedial job was designed and conducted successfully. Another HPT/SNL survey was conducted post workover. It confirmed the absence of any further flow behind casing and that all liquid production is happening from the targeted reservoir. Surface test data showed a rapid decrease in water production to 1% post workover.

This paper highlights the importance of complementing the current practice of running conventional PL surveys with two additional services: the Spectral Noise Logging and Temperature simulation/modelling using a High Precision Temperature measurement.

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