Umm Ghudair Field is one of the major oil producing fields in West Kuwait. Oil was discovered in 1962 in the Lower Cretaceous Minagish Oolite Formation and more than 200 wells have been drilled to exploit this reservoir since then. Stratigraphically, the formation is defined by three units; Lower, Middle and Upper. The lower and upper units are considered non-reservoirs, while the middle one is hydrocarbon bearing. However, because of the continuous production over the past 50 years, the filed started to show a variable rise in its oil water contact (OWC). Consequently, this uncertain OWC rise has impacted the planning and production of the newly drilled wells (deviated and horizontal). Several recently drilled wells showed water breakthrough much earlier than expected.
To address this challenge and with an attempt to proactively predict the current OWC depth in the new wells to be drilled, Kuwait Oil Company (KOC) decided to try the new High Definition Reservoir-Mapping-While-Drilling (HD-RMWD) technology in one of the horizontal well in their field. The objective was to assess the potential of the technology in detecting and mapping the current OWC while landing the well in the target. Due to the ultra-deep detection range of the technology (in excess of 200 ft), the landing point could be adjusted proactively and early enough to accommodate any unexpected OWC depth changes in the field.