Lakeview Pool, Midway-Sunset Field
- W.P. Sims (Standard Oil Co. of California) | W.G. Frailing (Standard Oil Co. of California)
- Document ID
- Society of Petroleum Engineers
- Journal of Petroleum Technology
- Publication Date
- January 1950
- Document Type
- Journal Paper
- 7 - 18
- 1950. Original copyright American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical, and Petroleum Engineers, Inc. Copyright has expired.
- 4.1.2 Separation and Treating, 3 Production and Well Operations, 5.2 Reservoir Fluid Dynamics, 5.8.5 Oil Sand, Oil Shale, Bitumen, 5.6.2 Core Analysis, 5.5.2 Core Analysis, 2.4.5 Gravel pack design & evaluation, 4.3.4 Scale, 4.1.5 Processing Equipment, 1.6 Drilling Operations, 1.2.3 Rock properties, 5.3.4 Integration of geomechanics in models, 5.6.1 Open hole/cased hole log analysis, 2 Well Completion, 1.14 Casing and Cementing, 2.2.2 Perforating, 5.2.1 Phase Behavior and PVT Measurements, 2.4.3 Sand/Solids Control, 4.6 Natural Gas
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The Lakeview Pool of Kern County, California, was discovered in 1910 withthe drilling of Lakeview No. 1 which blew out and produced an estimated8,250,000 bbl of oil in 544 days of uncontrolled flow. The well has since beenknown as the Lakeview Gusher. Full exploitation of the pool did not take placeuntil about 25 years later. A total of 112 producing wells were completed inthe Lakeview sand through April 30, 1949. As of that date, about 30 per cent ofthe total wells drilled were still producing, with an average pool productionrate of approximately 2000 bbl per day. The cumulative oil production was about41 million bbl of oil, or 55.3 per cent of the tank oil originally inplace.
The pool is bordered on its downstructure side by a body of inactiveedgewater and water production where present has been principally the result ofconing.
Since the depletion of the greater portion of the gas energy by the LakeviewGusher, the pool has operated under gravity drive. Relatively high angle dips,good permeabilities and favorable fluid characteristics have made gravitydrainage particularly effective. Since January, 1942, the oil recovery has beenrelatively constant at about 53,000 bbl per ft drop in fluid level.Correlations between the volume of reservoir space drained and the cumulativeoil produced indicate that an ultimate recovery of 63.3 per cent of the tankoil originally in place is attainable.
The Lakeview Pool is an outstanding example of gravity drainage. It is oneof many productive reservoirs of the Midway-Sunset Field, and is located inKern County, approximately five miles southeast of Taft and two miles north ofMaricopa, California. Its position relative to surrounding pools and to theThirty-Five anticline is shown on Fig. 1. The northern portion of the pool liesin sections 32 and 33, Township 32 South, Range 24 East, Mt. Diablo Base andMeridian, while the southern portion lies in sections 25, 26, 35 and 36,Township 12 North, Range 24 West, San Bernardino Base and Meridian. As no twosections bear the same number, they will hereafter be referred to by sectionnumber alone.
The purpose of this paper is to review the performance of the Lakeview Poolin an effort to evaluate the effectiveness of gravity drive as a recoverymechanism.
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