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Technical Paper: An Integrated Case Study of Improved Oil Pay Evaluation in Shaly, Laminated, Low Mobility Reservoirs Using Wireline Cased Hole Dual Packer and Production Test

Society: SPE
Paper Number: 152238
Presentation Date: 2012
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Abstract

The subject of the case study is a recently discovered oil and gas accumulation characterized by laminated, shaly sandstones with high apparent water saturation. Conventional openhole log data was inconclusive in identifying hydrocarbon type and net hydrocarbon pay zones. Moreover, reservoir complexity, low mobility, and inadequate differentiation of oil versus gas pay made it unlikely that a conventional production testing program would be successful and cost effective. However, reservoir fluid identification and pressure measurements were critical for resolving key uncertainties and guiding decision making for future appraisal and development.

Cased-hole wireline formation testing was used to better determine reservoir fluid type and productivity in selected intervals so as to differentiate oil pay from gas pay and net pay limits. A total of 30 dual packer stations were conducted in cased hole. The test results were used to choose the intervals, methodology, and equipment for subsequent production tests, which successfully proved the existence of three separate oil reservoirs and demonstrated commercial production rates.

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