It is evident that the oil and gas industry has moved from the adoption phase of intelligent fields and that the value added enabled developing and sustaining more production from complex wells. This observation is supported by various operators’ experiences with intelligent fields that have been shared in many conferences and workshops.

Haradh Increment-III (HRDH-III) is Saudi Aramco's first full field development as an intelligent field. This development has provided great utility in maintaining production plateau, very low water cut and a better-than-expected field performance. During the first few years of HRDH-III operation, numerous examples have been highlighted on the company's experience with intelligent fields and the benefits realized. At that time, we were still at the early phase in the innovation stage where applications were mostly on individual wells creating value at an individual asset level.

In the pre-injection stage (6 months before the field production start up), real time data enabled identifying an area in HRDH-III field characterized by high permeability zones because of the presence of faults and fractures. This paper picks up where previous papers stopped, giving more details on production engineering experiences in optimizing the production from this area of the field and controlling water production. The paper presents the company's continued success in utilizing intelligent fields to meet and sustain production targets and shows how we have been moving up the curve from individual assets to a regional level.

The lessons learned from this field case will help in developing best practices that boost the confidence in intelligent fields. Also, it will assure that we are on the right track for the transformation to the sustainability stage of our intelligent field applications.

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