Oil production in Egypt is based on the development of mature fields with highly complex geological and reservoir characteristics; therefore, a great amount of creativity is required to operate these oil fields. One of the main elements for development of mature fields is to estimate the reserves and determine the amount and location of the remaining oil.

Material balance equations have been used in petroleum engineering for many years to estimate the original hydrocarbon in place. This paper documents the ability of using the analysis of the material balance results in the reservoir characterization and determination of the remaining oil location. The applicability of this work is confirmed by actual field case study (Shukheir Bay Field) in Offshore Shukheir Oil Company (an international joint venture company in Egypt). Such study is an original contribution to the knowledge of the material balance results analysis.

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