Technical Paper: An Integrated, Innovative Solution to Optimize Hydrocarbon Production Through the use of a Workflow Oriented Approach

Society: SPE
Paper Number: 118452
Presentation Date: 2008
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Today's hydrocarbon environment requires depth knowledge and expertise combines with technology innovation and integration across the various disciplines involved in the Reservoir Management cycles going from exploration to production, in order to increase production, reserves and improve operational efficiency.

An integrated approach including People, Process and Technology is necessary to break the barriers between the various reservoir management cycles - operations - production optimization and field management, and to improve the maturity of information to knowledge.  Engineering processes related to each reservoir management cycle need to be accelerated by the implementation of automated/ & interactive workflows, integrating various levels of field data frequency with petrotechnical processes, that can help in operational efficiency, leaving more time for a more proactive engineering analysis of problems and solutions.  A successful workflow approach ensures that the hydrocarbon's decline curve is mitigated with higher ultimate recovery.  Also, the integration of data with numerical and analytical reservoir and well models, through workflows, helps to bring more efficiency in the field planning cycle in order to establish proper Enhance Oil Recovery (EOR) or in-fill drilling plans to increase recovery factors.

The purpose of this paper is to show how workflow oriented solutions, within the context of the Digital Oilfield, have helped increase production, ultimate recovery factors and operational efficiency in various types of operational environments, and i.e. water flooding, Water Alternating Gas (WAG) and gas lifted fields. 

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