Meeting the Challenges of Static Modeling of a Mid-Life Giant Middle Eastern Oil Field, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
A giant carbonate oil field, located in Abu Dhabi, has been producing from Lower Cretaceous reservoirs since 1973. The current field development plan (FDP) is based on a reservoir model, which has evolved in stages, with input from many field and laboratory studies over the past 20 years. The most recent static model has been built incorporating the results from significant new core characterization and sequence stratigraphic studies (over 110 cored wells), in addition to a more thorough integration of well, geological, production and 3-D (and 4-D) seismic data. Modeling such a large and active field (more than 600 wellbores) presents real data management challenges. These challenges include the choice of geo-modeling software, accessing and maintaining the corporate database, and ensuring that all engineering and geosciences disciplines are able to easily contribute and use the final integrated model. This new Phase-3 static model has been built primarily to provide a more detailed reservoir description to the dynamic model to further optimize the FDP, as we complete the current infill drilling campaign and move to the tighter infill production. The model is also meant to provide a longer-term, more robust geological characterization for future enhanced oil recovery (EOR) activities. A recurring theme for the team is also the challenge to find the appropriate balance between incorporating 3-D seismic data and using data from the densely located wellbores. Other new demands on our modeling workflows include the need to quantify volumetric uncertainties by generating model scenario’s and multiple realizations for proven SEC (US State Securities and Exchange Commission) deterministic and probabilistic reserves reporting. The new workflows will also allow a more rapid model updating as new wells are drilled.
AAPG Search and Discovery Article #90077©2008 GEO 2008 Middle East Conference and Exhibition, Manama, Bahrain