This paper presents the innovative use of interference tests in the assessment of reservoir connectivity and the field oil production rate during the development phase and prior to the first oil of the EGINA field, which is located in a water depth of 1600 m, deep offshore Niger Delta. The interference test campaign involved 26 pre-first oil wells (13 oil producers and 13 water injectors) to assess and subsequently mitigate reservoir connectivity uncertainties arising from the numerous faults and between the different channels within the complexes. The results proved valuable in confirming or otherwise reservoir connectivity, field oil production rate and the number of wells required at first oil to achieve the production plateau.

The tests were designed using the analytical method (PIE software) and the reservoir simulation models enabling to establish the cumulative water injection required, the injection duration and the time a response is expected at the observers. These all had impacts on the planning, OIMR vessel requirements and selection of permanent downhole gauges for the wells.

In addition, the tests were performed with the water injectors as pulsers and the oil producers as observers allowing to avoid and the associated environmental impact. Ten interference tests were realized compared to four planned in the FDP partly due to the use of the more cost effective OIMR vessel in addition to the rig.

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