Once a field has been discovered and a general method of reservoir exploitation selected, there are many ways to attain the reservoir management goal, but some ways may cost twice as much as others. The purpose of this paper is to discuss the importance of in-depth, overview development planning and to suggest the timing of such reviews. In general, such planning should consider all field development options rather than concentrate on certain phases while ignoring others that may be equally important. The pertinent development options are listed then discussed with examples.

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