Challenge: Place a 2,007-ft [612-m] drain section in a reservoir sand with high structural dip and lateral variations.
Solution: Use a mud-motor BHA incorporating PeriScope HD multilayer bed boundary detection service to remain in the high-resistivity zone and avoid exiting the reservoir.
Ecopetrol S.A. was planning the third horizontal well of a four-well campaign to drain reserves of a target interval in the Mugrosa Formation of the Middle Magdalena basin. As observed in offset wells, the area is characterized by varied resistivity profiles and high structural dip, which complicated the visualization and geosteering process. The two previously drilled horizontal wells had to execute openhole geological sidetracks to adjust the trajectory position into the reservoir.
The operator chose Schlumberger to optimize geosteering performance in the challenging formation. In the third well, the landing operation was smoothly executed, and the intermediate section was placed at the top of the overlying shale to facilitate the cementing operation. The PeriScope HD service was applied in the lateral section to guide geosteering decisions. The service’s boundary mapping capability enabled Ecopetrol to remain in the uppermost part of the sand, which showed high resistivity and hydrocarbon samples along the trajectory.
The PeriScope HD service helped Ecopetrol achieve the 2,007-ft lateral section in a single run, and the operator was able to avoid needing to drill an openhole sidetrack, as confirmed by the real-time measurements and cuttings samples. A 97% net-to-gross ratio was calculated according to the cutoff of the field. The new high-resolution dip-angle measurement presented a good match with the geological model, which had an average of 35° of lateral structural dip.
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