Abstract

We have made substantial improvements to the previously published methods for geochemical allocation of commingled oil production and/or commingled gas production. This new method has allowed allocation of commingled production from wells at less than 2–5% of the cost of production logging. Four case studies are shown here. In the first two studies, commingling of the wells was subject to approval of the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (AOGCC). Before agreeing to the use of geochemical allocation, the AOGCC required the well operator to perform multi-month trial studies in which the wells were monitored both by geochemical allocation and by production logging. The individuals performing the geochemical allocation were kept blind from the results of the production logging until the studies were completed. Close agreement between the geochemistry-based allocation values and the production-logging-based allocation values resulted in AOGCC approval of continued use of the geochemical method for oil production monitoring of these two wells. Two additional case studies presented here illustrate how geochemical allocation can be used to monitor the effects on production of (1) changes in water injection into nearby wells, and (2) closing or opening perforations within a well.

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