Technical Paper: Integration of Dynamic Modeling of ICD Completion Design and Well Placement Technology: A Case Study of GOM Shelf Reservoir

Society: SPE
Paper Number: 146454
Presentation Date: 2011
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High water production is a major issue in horizontal oil wells, especially in longer laterals, because of the high drawdown from the heel to toe. In addition, the presence of heterogeneity along the lateral section can lead to uneven sweep of hydrocarbons which can result in poor recovery. To control the water production and achieve better sweep efficiency, ICDs have been introduced which balance fluid flux along the producing horizontal well.

This paper discusses the feasibility and results of using integrated technologies such as ICDs along with rotary steerable drilling systems (RSS) and azimuthal logging while drilling well placement technology to achieve higher reservoir sweep efficiency. This case study is focused on a Gulf of Mexico (GoM) shelf horizontal well which was completed with prepacked screens. The well was sanded in and plugged after five years of high water production. A saturation log was run in the offset well which granted the viability to revisit this reservoir. Consequently, a new offset horizontal well was proposed and drilled next to the existing well to sweep out remaining reserves.

For the new offset well, full field dynamic simulations were performed to evaluate attic placement methodology and optimization of Inflow Control Devices (ICDs) into the integrated design. The results illustrate that attic horizontal well placement is feasible using integrated drilling with ICD technology to maximize the sweep efficiency.

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