Using near-wellbore modelling and dynamic calibration to improve permeability modelling in a giant carbonate field

Viswa Santhi shanti Chandra, Richard Steele, Paul Milroy, Patrick William Michael Corbett, Sebastian Geiger

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In this study we have employed an integrated near wellbore upscaling and dynamic calibration workflow to resolve the persisting uncertainty concerning the apparent enhanced permeability in a large offshore carbonate field. Geological heterogeneities with the potential to radically influence the fluid flow behavior were identified and used to build probable geomodel and permeability model realizations to be calibrated with the production data. Chief among these is the presence and distribution of mechanically weak zones of enhanced porosity due to diagenetic corrosion that were inherently undersampled in the core data. Core and image log analysis also indicates the abundance of stylolites and associated tension gashes, which were also enhanced during the corrosion event and might impact the permeability anisotropy in the reservoir. The learning from this study provided valuable suggestions to resolve the need for permeability multiplier required for field level history matching. Improving the characterization of permeability distribution in the field provided an updated reservoir model that can contribute to the ongoing development plans to predict the incremental oil recovery more accurately.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication75th European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers Conference and Exhibition 2013
Subtitle of host publicationChanging Frontiers: Incorporating SPE EUROPEC 2013
Place of PublicationHouten
PublisherEAGE Publishing BV
Number of pages5
ISBN (Print)9781629937915
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Event75th EAGE Conference and Exhibition 2013 - London, United Kingdom
Duration: 10 Jun 201313 Jun 2013


Conference75th EAGE Conference and Exhibition 2013
Abbreviated titleSPE EUROPEC 2013
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


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