In 2009, Kuwait Oil Company (KOC) launched the Kuwait Integrated Digital Field Jurassic (KwIDF-Jurassic) Project as a cross-domain solution consisting of a fully integrated infrastructure supporting field instrumentation, automated workflows, and ergonomic collaboration. The Jurassic gas field is a challenging environment consisting of heterogeneous carbonate reservoirs with natural fractures that can contribute significantly to productivity. Parts of the Jurassic reservoir consist of a tight matrix with a high density of connected fractures, but in other areas fractures are sparse and have limited connectivity. The high-pressure, high-temperature (HPHT) environment, the near-critical nature of the reservoir fluids, and the presence of H2S and CO2 are additional challenges for the development of the Jurassic complex.
This project is the first in Kuwait to instrument gas wells with pressure and temperature gauges; H2S, gas, and corrosion sensors, and safety and control devices as a first step toward delivering on KOC's vision for integrated operations. The application of intelligent automation at the wellhead and advanced instrumentation minimizes the health, safety, and environmental (HSE) exposure of field personnel. Interventions at the wellsite can be supported by handheld portable devices embedded with work orders. New digital field work processes, supported by collaboration rooms, enable proactive, real-time decisions in accordance to the exploitation strategy defined for the field. One outcome is to use technology to leverage the competence of disciplines, such as the subsurface team, to contribute in real time to production operations as opposed to the traditional nonoperational role of studies and reviews.
This paper presents a case study demonstrating the methodology and tools KOC has used to achieve timely and reliable data delivery for the Jurassic asset as part of the KwIDF-Jurassic Project.