Improving reservoir characterisation and simulation with near wellbore modeling

V. Chandra, H. Hamdi, Patrick William Michael Corbett, S. Geiger

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New reservoir characterisation methods are needed to integrate multi-scale exploration and development data, particularly at the interface between well and field models. In this paper we illustrate a novel workflow involving high resolution Near Wellbore Modeling (NWM), which allows us to accurately include seismic, wire-line data, FMI, and well core logs from multi-porosity reservoirs in field-scale reservoir simulations. We demonstrate that NWM improves reservoir characterization and production management. The workflow was applied to a realistic clastic reservoir with high variance at small scale and can also be extended for carbonate reservoirs. We have performed a number of sensitivities comparing conventional local grid refinement in the near wellbore region with that involving NWM and obtained a significant increase in the accuracy of reservoir characterization and the calibration of dynamic models. Centimetre-scale models, containing several million cells, representing the fine geological details of the near-wellbore region were constructed using available data from seismic, core, open-hole and production well-log suits. Sensitivities were performed using these high-resolution models to obtain regular grids with the best possible up-scaling. The resulting well models were imported into a field-scale simulation model to evaluate the dynamic behavior of the reservoir employing numerical well testing. Our results show that using NWM tools for reservoir modeling yields more precise flow calculations and improves our fundamental understanding of the interactions between the reservoir and the wellbore.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages14
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2011
EventSPE Reservoir Characterisation and Simulation Conference and Exhibition 2011 - Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Duration: 9 Oct 201111 Oct 2011


ConferenceSPE Reservoir Characterisation and Simulation Conference and Exhibition 2011
Country/TerritoryUnited Arab Emirates
CityAbu Dhabi


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