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Technical Paper: Integration of Geochemical, Mud-Gas, and Downhole-Fluid Analyses for the Assessment of Compositional Grading—Case Studies

Society: SPE
Paper Number: 109684
Presentation Date: 2007
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Abstract

Identifying compartmentalization, quantifying connectivity, and assessing the presence of compositional grading are critically important to reservoir management, particularly in deepwater projects where uncertainties are large and mistakes are costly. Compositional grading has been known for over 50 years, but the topic received little attention until the 1980's when sufficiently advanced analytical methods became available to assess the phenomenon. Individually, geochemistry, downhole fluid, and mud gas analyses have provided valuable insights into compositional grading, but each analytical method relies on different fluid traits and has different implications. When these analytic methods are systematically combined and consistently applied, the synergy delivers a much more accurate and robust picture of the reservoir and the fluids therein.

In this paper, we review two case studies in which we have combined multiple techniques for the assessment of compositional grading in different settings. We demonstrate that new technologies combined with real-time monitoring and control and a more integrated evaluation approach produce a more robust interpretation of the fluids and yield insights into reservoir architecture.

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