Technical Paper: On the Importance and Application of Integrated Asset Modeling of a Giant Offshore Oil Field

Society: SPE
Paper Number: 123689
Presentation Date: 2009
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This paper presents an application of integrated asset modeling to a giant offshore oil field. The field is located northwest of Abu Dhabi Island and is one of the largest offshore fields in the world. The asset comprises several individually modeled reservoir layers sharing a common surface facility. The traditional method of modeling this field involves running separate simulation models assuming fixed boundary conditions at the wellhead. This does not accurately model the effects of the constraints imposed by the surface facility.

The primary aim of this paper is to highlight the importance of integrated asset modeling in formulating an optimized, cost- effective development plan. This is achieved through the provision of realistic production profiles, taking into account the impact of system backpressure and changes in operating conditions. Secondly, integrated modeling acts to reduce uncertainty in the design data in terms of phased production for future facility upgrading and replacement. Finally, integrated modeling provides a framework for production system optimization under different development schemes.

Included in the discussions presented here are a validation of the integrated asset modeling tool, an overview of the business requirements for the operation of the field over the next 30 years, and analysis of selected development strategies highlighting the added value of integrated asset modeling.

The results of the integrated studies helped to formulate decisions on infill drilling based on realistic production profiles. Secondly, they served to reduce risk through better understanding of the surface and subsurface interaction. Thirdly, they helped to support the decision for commissioning a new concept facility layout (artificial islands), which represents a significantly lower CAPEX investment with more flexibility. Finally, the integrated study assisted in making decisions on the application and type of artificial lift and displacement mechanisms.

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