The Ivar Aasen field was discovered in 2008 and consists of two main groups of reservoirs – the Jurassic and Triassic reservoir zones. The reservoir architecture is complicated by their different depositional settings and by syn- and post-sedimentary faulting. Developing a new field of such complexity is a challenging task that demands a novel approach to optimize well placement and improve reservoir characterization.

Reservoir mapping while drilling (RMWD) technology has recently been introduced to the industry, providing an array of deep, directional measurements that are converted to a resistivity map of the formation out to approximately 30 m above and below the borehole. The reservoir mapping results are available for the operator to make geosteering decisions during drilling, to optimize the completion design with inflow control devices after TD, and to update the post-well reservoir model for planning the next wells. This process helps the operator maximize the benefits from the already drilled well on the yet-to-drill wells. The sequence of the wells to be drilled can be logically arranged to leverage the maximum value from the information that reservoir mapping provides.

The drilling campaign on the Ivar Aasen field started in summer 2015 and the RMWD technology was used while drilling all the production wells. It revealed that the actual reservoir structure was even more complex than originally expected, and enabled the operator to pursue the best well path to maximize field production potential. This was achieved by using the data to actively geosteer, estimate reservoir producibility (through permeability-thickness calculation) in real-time to decide on TD, and by sidetracking to new targets revealed by the mapping. This new approach can also be applied to infill campaigns on existing fields. In this paper, one of the producer wells are reviewed in details to illustrate the process and demonstrate the results.

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