The Guntong field is currently the largest waterflood field and a major oil producer in Peninsula Malaysia. The field and its development are highly complex, resulting in various challenges in the areas of reservoir description, reservoir management, and facilities optimization.
This paper showcases key challenges and the evolution of the field depletion plan as the complexities were identified and better defined. Based on actual performance, and updated geoscience and reservoir engineering studies, various changes to the original depletion plan are being implemented even after 17 years of production. The changes range from a revision in waterflood operating pressure strategy, to innovative facilities optimization, and the more expensive workovers and infill drilling,. Effective teamwork by multi disciplinary team members also played a major role in transforming the challenges into opportunities. The implemented changes to-date have successfully increased production and reserves.