Abstract

The Shushufindi field, located in the Oriente basin of Ecuador, has been producing since 1972. In December 2011, the field had approximately 150 wells, with a total production of 45,000 bopd. Field operations were then passed to the Consorcio Shushufindi (CSSFD) led by Schlumberger for a period of 15 years. Since then, 30 new wells and 26 workovers have been completed by Schlumberger Production Management (SPM) in the field, with a production of 60,000 bopd in May 2013.

A methodology with four successive distinct phases was created, aiming for a complete reservoir characterization over 18 months prior to delivering the five-year field development plan (FDP) in October 2013. Each petrophysical phase focused on providing a reliable basis for the first two years of operations, and regular updates to the static and dynamic models.

In conjunction with operations support, a comprehensive data acquisition plan was launched with advanced core analysis and special logs to support the advanced reservoir characterization. The deployment of technologies such as the Dielectric Scanner* multifrequency dielectric dispersion service, the combinable magnetic resonance tool, and the FMI* fullbore formation microimager, among others, was key in revealing the reservoir's true characteristics.

Advanced petrophysics delivered a description of the main reservoir heterogeneities and properties, along with a facies characterization tied to an advanced core analysis including capillary pressure and pore throat size measurements. From this, hydraulic flow units were established in a deterministic characterization over the waterflood pilot well patterns. Additionally, a quantitative evaluation of thin beds and low resistivity pay zones provides the potential for their incorporation in the original oil-in-place computation. These findings have contributed to a revision of the depositional concepts for the field.

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