SPE Thailand Monthly Meeting - November 2019
Distinguished Lecturer Talk, Bruce James, Suncor, “Using the Movement of Fluids in Geological Time to Improve Reservoir Characterization”
November 05, 2019  ·  The Landmark Hotel Bangkok

Fluids, such as oil, gas, and water, can move within a reservoir over geological time. This talk will show how recognising these processes and incorporating them into analysis can greatly improve reservoir characterization and provide powerful insights to optimise development plans. I will use 3 very different examples to illustrate this.

Firstly, a deepwater oil field, that had long been considered an “ugly duckling” was re-evaluated incorporating knowledge of historical fluid movement which had created compositional grading. The new analysis revealed better connectivity, higher recoverable oil volumes and a previously unrecognized tar mat, which demonstrated that producer locations should be higher on structure and the potential need for a waterflood.


Secondly, the Sunrise gas field in the Timor Sea was reassessed with the knowledge of historical advective gas mixing. This showed that Sunrise, previously thought to have a high risk of compartmentalization, was actually well connected both vertically and laterally. This analysis changed the number and locations of planned development wells, significantly reducing the potential development cost.

Finally, in the Alberta Oil Sands, analysis showed that the redistribution of “solid” bitumen and water had occurred as a result of biodegradation. This explained the puzzling water mobility and “upside down” transition zones. This knowledge is important in predicting the lateral movement of steam/heat needed for the optimum design of thermal oil recovery.

The movement of fluids within a reservoir over geological time happens more often than is commonly thought and is an under utilized tool for reservoir characterization. It is particularly valuable for offshore development where information is sparse. The most important key to using it is simply asking the question "could it have occurred?"


Notice!

Since 2013, SPE Thailand has 100% subsidized Members attendance fees at our Monthly Meetings.   Owing to reduced sponsorship income (driven largely by lower E&P activities in recent years), we will be revising the monthly meeting fees for all categories commencing in September 2018. Note that the fees for Members will still be significantly subsidized, hence we would encourage all Non-Members to consider joining SPE.





Agenda
Tuesday, November 5
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
6:00 PM - 6:15 PM
6:00 PM - 6:15 PM
6:15 PM - 6:20 PM
6:15 PM - 6:20 PM
6:20 PM - 7:10 PM
6:20 PM - 7:10 PM
7:10 PM - 7:15 PM
7:10 PM - 7:15 PM
Speaker
SPONSORS
LOCATION
The Landmark Hotel Bangkok, 138 Sukhumvit Soi 4 Sukhumvit Road, Klongtoey, 10110
Location: The Landmark Hotel Bangkok, 138 Sukhumvit Soi 4 Sukhumvit Road, Klongtoey, 10110