Unleash Unconventional Recourses with the Power of Light- Laser Technology
- Sameeh Batarseh (Saudi Aramco) | Abdullah Al Harith (Saudi Aramco) | Haitham Othman (Saudi Aramco) | Hameed Al Badairy (Saudi Aramco)
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- Society of Petroleum Engineers
- SPE Middle East Oil and Gas Show and Conference, 18-21 March, Manama, Bahrain
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- Conference Paper
- 2019. Society of Petroleum Engineers
- 1.6.9 Coring, Fishing, 1.10 Drilling Equipment, 1.10 Drilling Equipment, 4.1 Processing Systems and Design, 4.1.3 Dehydration, 1.6 Drilling Operations, 4.1.2 Separation and Treating, 4 Facilities Design, Construction and Operation
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The objective of this work is to establish a communication between the tight hydrocarbon-bearing formation and the wellbore by using high power laser technology. This paper presents different methods of utilizing the energy of the laser to enhance and improve the flow in unconventional reservoirs including tight formation, the successful results are used for field deployment strategy.
High power laser is an innovative alternative to several currently used downhole stimulation methods and technologies. The system consists of the laser source which is mounted on the surface on a coiled tubing unit, fiber optics cable to transmit the energy and the downhole tool. The advantages of utilizing high power laser technology for downhole applications are the ability to control and orient the laser energy precisely. Laser energy generates heat when in contact with the rock samples, the heat impacts the rock samples by dehydrating, collapsing and dissociating some minerals near the wellbore, as well as creating micro- and macro fractures in the formation. In addition, heat removes the blockage around the wellbore and the effect extends deeper into the tight formation for production.
Continues efforts over the past two decades have been proven that high power lasers provide controllable heat source while penetrating the formation, this mechanism enhances flow properties especially in tight formation. Low permeability in these formations restricts the flow and reduces production. Shale, Sandstones (including tight sandstones) and carbonate rocks have been treated with high power laser. Pre and post-treatment measurements are conducted for comparisons; the results from all rock types show improvement in permeability and flow. The results of advanced core characterizations, imaging and visualization are presented. The success of the lab experiments leads to the development of field deployment strategy to use high power laser for in-situ treatment in unconventional wells.
Utilizing state-of-the-art high power lasers technology in downhole provides innovative and safe stimulation methods. Reliability, accuracy, and precision in controlling the power, orientation and the shape of the beam are some of the properties of the technology that made it attractive for downhole applications. Different tools have been developed for different applications that can fit any slim holes.
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