Abstract

The Amin formation is a tight sandstone formation, that is present in Block 61 in the Sultanate of Oman, that has presented a number of development challenges. The Amin reservoir is characterized by an average permeability approximately two orders of magnitude lower than the Barik formations, which is the other main current development reservoir within the field. Adding to the challenge is the presence of the immediately and extensively underlying Buah formation, which is known to be sour.

During the Appraisal phase of the project, two vertical wells and one horizontal well were completed in the Amin, demonstrating that a horizontal well profile with multi-stage fracturing would most likely be required to achieve consistently commercial rates. It was also evident, even during the project sanction, that significant further investigation would be required to be able to more completely understand the hydraulic fracture behaviour in the Amin; in terms of the created fracture geometry, appropriate hydraulic fracturing methodology, suitable formation connection techniques, and other completion design factors to succeed with a reservoir development. Additionally, it was known that understanding reservoir fluid distribution would be fundamental to delivering such wells.

During the Development phase several vertical wells were completed with a range of fracture types and designs, to facilitate an assessment of well performance in the vertical geometry, as well as understand the fracture height for various hydraulic fracturing techniques, including High Rate Water Fracturing (HRWF) treatments as well as Hybrid-Frac (HF) type approaches. Additionally, several horizontal wells were also completed to build upon the Basis of Design (BoD) that had been selected at the end of the Appraise phase, with a continuous learning approach taken to further develop the frac understanding. Lessons more recently learned from North American unconventional reservoir stimulations were also investigated, carefully selected and then subsequently applied in a coherent and systematic way.

This paper presents a review of several of these vertical wells and two horizontal wells, attempting to demonstrate the progress made between the approaches. Additionally, the two horizontal wells will be used as a case study to illustrate the application of the continuous improvement methods, as well as the adoption of some key appropriate technologies transferred from North American unconventional reservoir stimulation approaches. These included an investigation of perforation cluster efficiency, the baseline fracture design and fracturing fluid types; as well as integrating directly with the open-hole characterization and production logs to enhance the frac designs and results.

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