Abstract

Monitoring system for reservoir pressures in Kuwait Oil Company (KOC) consists of several components in the workflow. These include such processes as well bore surveillance plan, data acquisition from well bore surveys, data conversion into well-designed formats, data validation checks, flow of the formatted data into database, processing and analysis of total data for appropriate reporting. The reports on reservoir behavior may then be used for making informed decisions.

A review of the existing pressure monitoring system in the organization revealed some opportunities for improving the information system. This was found to be especially the case, since it was recognized that the corporate database that serves as a common platform for storing many different classes of data, could now be utilized efficiently to support an improved information system. Potential areas of improvement were found to lie in areas such as, increasing the speed of process flows, improving the value of the information itself and improving the user-friendliness of the overall system. These factors were taken into account while formulating an approach for system improvement.

Accordingly a series of software applications were developed in-house to improve the pressure monitoring system. The overall design was tightly integrated with data support from the corporate database. In terms of technology, the new system offered solutions through an integrated interface and provided flexibility in information generation on the basis of a variety of criteria that can be selected on-line. Such features offered versatility in the diagnostic capability of the system.

Deployment of this new monitoring system will be complemented by a training program where potential users will be shown how to access the system with ease and comfort and on how to derive the value-enhanced information through a faster work flow.

Introduction

Pressure monitoring workflow in Kuwait Oil Company (K.O.C) to monitor static bottom hole pressure behaviour at different reservoirs has different components, much of which can be endowed with enhanced IT support for improved performance. This is much so desirable now in light of exploiting the full potential of the corporate database towards an improved information system for pressure monitoring.

The current article is about a procedure that encapsulates a series of software applications to offer an IT enabled improved pressure monitoring system in K.O.C.

Details of the procedure, the software applications used for improvements in the system are discussed below. First the existing workflow for the pressure monitoring system and scope of improvements in it are discussed. This is followed by a discussion of the new model developed in the study.

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