This paper describes new methods to economically improve production levels in one of the mature fields of Petroleum Development Oman. This field had been developed by infill drilling programs, which were suspended in early 2001 to review the development strategy. A reservoir management team set a challenge to effectively conduct logging operations and quickly utilize the data collected to identify and avail of optimization opportunities, thus maximizing the production of the wells whilst lowering overall costs. The optimization activity consisted of clean-out, saturation logging, perforation and stimulation. These activities were carried out either with coiled tubing only utilizing conventional practises and e-line coiled tubing, or with the combination of coiled tubing and hoist through multiple well entries. Both of these methods were successfull in that they resulted in incremental net oil production but at relatively high costs.
This paper presents a methodology which enables clean-out, logging, stimulation and perforation with one coiled tubing intervention, which includes a plastic coated "e-line" coiled tubing, coiled tubing perforating head and new perforation technology. All systems are in complete compliance with the most stringent safety criteria. The new method has a considerable time and cost savings impact, and this is fully illustrated in this paper with field trial case histories, in which a multi-disciplinary team effectively targeted the most suitable zones for perforation and stimulation using a state of the art self diverting, non damaging, acid system. Technical and economic comparisons are made with conventional practices. The methodology is currently being employed in this field and is potentially applicable to other fields.