A fully integrated production model (IPM) has been implemented in the Sakhalin field to optimize hydrocarbons production and carried out effective field development.

To achieve our goal in optimizing production, a strategy has been accurately executed to align the surface facilities upgrade with the production forecast.

The main challenges to achieving the goal, that we have faced were:

  • All facilities were designed for early production stage in late 1980's, and as the asset outdated the pipeline sizes, routing and compression strategies needs review.

  • Detecting, predicting and reducing liquid loading is required so that the operator can proactively control the hydrocarbon production process.

  • No integrated asset model exists to date.

The most significant engineering tasks were solved by creating models of reservoirs, wells and surface network facility, and after history matching and connecting all the elements of the model into a single environment, it has been used for the different production forecast scenarios, taking into account the impact of infrastructure bottlenecks on production of each well.

This paper describes in detail methodology applied to calculate optimal well control, wellhead pressure, pressure at the inlet of the booster compressor, as well as for improving surface flowlines capacity.

Using the model, we determined the compressor capacity required for the next more than ten years and assessed the impact of pipeline upgrades on oil gas and condensate production.

Using optimization algorithms, a realistic scenario was set and used as a basis for maximizing hydrocarbon production.

Integrated production model (IPM) and production optimization provided to us several development scenarios to achieve target production at the lowest cost by eliminating infrastructure constraints.

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