Minor Reservoirs in Northern Kuwait: Reserves Growth and Production Opportunities
Hom B. Chetri*, Hamad Mohammad Najeh, Ali Nasar Khan, Bader Al-Asousi, and Ealian Al-Anzi
In the Development Plan of Kuwait Oil Company, production from several minor reservoirs in northern Kuwait is scheduled to increase by about 10-fold by 2015–16. These reservoirs were not previously studied in detail because of limited experienced staff, most of whom had focused on the accelerated development of the major reservoirs in the country. Some of the minor reservoirs are complex, discontinuous and require further delineation. In some fields they are stacked and can potentially add many billions of barrels of oil in reserves growth. In order to accelerate the appraisal of these reservoirs, a multi-pronged approach was adopted to identify reserves growth and increased production opportunities. The approach involved: (1) identifying existing wells for testing; (2) deepening and testing of planned wells to the deeper Cretaceous Zubair and Ratawi reservoirs; (3) utilizing the Jurassic wells that penetrated through the Zubair and Ratawi reservoirs to acquire data; (4) identify opportunities to acquire data in wells penetrating through Tuba and Mid Burgan during the ongoing drilling activities for major reservoirs; and (5) continued surveillance in the Burgan and Mauddud reservoirs in Bahra field, so as to assess the pressure-production performance. In order to expedite the tasks, a management-level steering committee was formed to supervise the implementation of a blueprint that listed all the activities in terms of timelines, priority matrices.
AAPG Search and Discovery Article #90077©2008 GEO 2008 Middle East Conference and Exhibition, Manama, Bahrain