In the summer of 2000, Conoco began a program to develop a series of shallow, low-pressure gas reservoirs in the Indonesian waters of the West Natuna Sea. The project consists of a series of subsea wells linked by pipeline to a central mobile gas processing and compression unit which feeds a sales line to Singapore. Overall project life is 20 years and will require development of 8 small fields with reserves of the order of 1 TSCF gas.
Initial project planning used conventional well designs to deliver rates of the order of 20 MMSCFD/well from a number of gas reservoirs. This type of well productivity required 10 wells to meet Conoco Indonesia's maximum contract supply rate with several wells allocated to each reservoir. To improve project economics, a reduced well count employing high performance completion designs was developed. The high performance completions were designed to provide flow rates of the order of 100 MMSCFD at initial reservoir pressures ranging from 1250 psi to 1900 psi. These flow rates allowed well counts to be reduced to one well per reservoir.
This paper will review Conoco's methodology for design and implementation of the first 4 high performance completions in the West Natuna Sea Gas Project. Well deliverability and initial project results will be discussed.