Development of a coalbed methane (CBM) field in its early stage is often plagued by the lack of well control and scarcity of geological data over a large geographical area. Therefore, constructing a representative static model to estimate the in-place-volume presents a formidable challenge. In this paper we proposed a workflow to overcome this challenge and applied it to a CBM field in the northern Bowen Basin of Australia.

This workflow may be considered 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-Graphic 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 one time, to rank the impact of reservoir parameters on in-place-volume. Seventh, it uses uncertainty analysis which varies all reservoir parameters simultaneously to arrive at the P10, P50 and P90 in-place-volumes and their corresponding static models which can then be used for reservoir simulations to estimate the recoverable volumes.

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