Adjustment of Liquid Production in Reservoir with Handling Capacity Constraints


An oilfield was an oil reservoir with strong bottom water in offshore, the water cut was as high as 96%. In the high water cut stage, the most effective way of increasing oil production was to extract liquid and increase oil. The processing capacity of oilfield fluid was limited by the conditions. By using Petrel-RE-2017 software, combining reservoir engineering and percolation mechanics methods, this paper analyzes the effect of large-scale liquid pumping, expands coverage and shut-in coning in oil reservoirs with bottom water, and formulates the adjustment strategy of single well production structure of the whole oilfield. It was confirmed that large-scale liquid production can expand coverage and shutting down well can reduce water cut. It can provide reference and guidance for oil field with strong bottom water when it encounters bottleneck of liquid treatment capacity.

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Tan, J. , Zhang, D. , Yang, D. , Mou, S. and Peng, Q. (2019) Adjustment of Liquid Production in Reservoir with Handling Capacity Constraints. Journal of Geoscience and Environment Protection, 7, 18-25. doi: 10.4236/gep.2019.74002.

1. Introduction

Usually, oil wells had been abandoned in the case of high water cut. So for oilfields with super high water cut and limited fluid, there was little research on what measures should be taken to increase oil production. At the same time, existing studies had shown that under normal circumstances, a large amount of liquid extraction will cause water content to rise. And Liang Dan and others also analyzed that the increase in oil produced by shut-in cone killing was less than that produced by open-hole production, that was, shut-in cone killing was not conducive to oil increase. At the same time, Zhang Jin-qing et al. analyzed the maximum fluid production capacity of a single well by studying the dimensionless fluid production index ( Liang et al., 2012 , Zhou, 2009 , Li, 2005 , Li, 2002 , Xiao et al. 2009 , Kang et al., 2011 , Wang et al. 2011 ). However, there are few studies on both fluid extraction and shut-in pressure cone. In this paper, through reservoir engineering and seepage mechanics combined with field technology and reasonable production system research, a reasonable allocation strategy was obtained for single well fluid production in offshore strong bottom water reservoirs. At the same time, through field experiments, it could achieve the effect of increasing oil.

2. Analysis of Maximum Fluid Production Capacity

The main purpose of this adjustment is to optimize and adjust the liquid production of a single well and extract liquid from a single well in batches so as to improve the oil field production.

It has the advantages of wide application range, high prediction accuracy and high practical value. Therefore, this method is selected as the recommended method for adjusting the production structure of this oilfield.

See formula for calculation of Guangshi water drive curve ( Clark & Pilehvari, 1993 ):

N P = N R a N p 2 W P q (1)

where, a , q is coefficient; N P is Cumulative oil production, 104 m3; N R is Water drive movable oil reserves, 104 m3; W P is cumulative water production 104 m3.

On the relation curve of water cut and cumulative oil production of single well, select the point representing the current actual production status, as shown in Figure 1. The slope and intercept of the broad water drive curve can be obtained by the linear regression of the above selection stage, and the correlation coefficient can be calculated at the same time. Adjust the Q value to maximize the correlation coefficient, as shown in Figure 2. At the same time, ensure that the predicted cumulative water production and the average water content of each stage are consistent with the actual situation (see Figure 3). Then, the oil phase index and the water oil flow ratio m are obtained by the formulas (2), (3) and (4).

n o = 1 + 1 q (2)

n w = 2 q 1 (3)

M = 2 ( n o 1 ) a n o 1 N R n o 2 (4)

According to the obtained oil phase index n o , water phase index n w and water oil mobility ratio m, dimensionless production index is obtained ( Zhang et al., 2013 ). The dimensionless index of liquid production calculation formula is shown in formula (5). The calculation results are shown in Figure 4.

Figure 1. Relation curve between water content and cumulative oil production.

Figure 2. Guangshi water drive curve fitting diagram.

Figure 3. The fitting diagram of water yield and water content.

Figure 4. Graph of relation between dimensionless recovery index and water content.

J D L = 1 ( 1 f w ) [ 1 + 0.006738 exp ( 3.5 n w + 6.5 n o n w + n o ) ( 1 M f w 1 f w ) ] n w (5)

where, n o is oil phase index, n w is water phase index, N P is dimensionless index of liquid production, f w is water cut, M is mobility ratio.

3. Analysis of Shut-In Coning

In order to adjust the fluid production structure, Secondly, it is necessary to analyze the effect and time of the cone pressing.

After shut-in, the gravity difference between formation water and oil gradually falls back to point A through the water at point B, thus forming the coning effect ( Huang, 1997 ; Xu et al. 2013 ). The time required for bottom water to fall back to the oil-water interface from the bottom of the well:

t B A = μ W ( h h P ) K Δ ρ w o g (6)

where t B A is the time when bottom water falls back from bottom hole to crude oil-water interface, the unit is d. Δ ρ w o is the formation water oil density difference, the unit is kg/m3. g is gravity acceleration, the unit is m/s2. μ W is viscosity of water, the unit is mPa·s. is formation rock porosity, the unit is %. K is reservoir permeability, the unit is mD.

By numerical simulation analysis, the effect of dewatering also exists in shut in pressure cone of heavy oil bottom water reservoir (Figure 5). The parameters of the model are: the water and oil volume is 100, reservoir thickness ( H i ) is 15 m, porosity is 30%, horizontal permeability ( K h ) is 3000 md, vertical permeability ( K v ) is 300 md, initial oil saturation is 0.75, formation of crude oil viscosity

Figure 5. Schematic diagram of well shut in cone killing effect.

( μ o ) for 30 mPa·s, crude oil density ( ρ o ) is 950 kg/m3, formation water apparent viscosity ( μ w ) is 0.45 mPa·s, formation water density ( ρ w ) is 1000 kg/m3.

4. The Analysis of Rational Production Allocation

In order to develop oilfields at a high speed, oil production was the most important index. According to the specific conditions of oilfields, liquid production was limited, and can only be developed at a high speed by adjusting the structure of liquid production. Combined the lifting capacity and cone pressing effect, and considered the conditions of field implementation at the same time ( Xu et al. 2013 ; Wang et al. 2019 ; Tan et al. 2019 ; Lei et al. 2019 ). The development strategy was given as follows:

1) The purpose of increasing oil and reducing water can be realized through the adjustment of extracting and reducing liquid between oil wells.

2) The adjustment of oil well liquid production should first meet the reasonable development of the oil field, and on this basis, it should also be based on the actual engineering conditions of the oil field, such as oil field liquid processing capacity, offshore pipeline transportation capacity, platform power and other conditio:

a) There is a certain margin in the engineering conditions, so it should be considered to optimize the extraction well through theoretical research and actual production analysis.

b) One of the engineering conditions has reached saturation (especially the liquid treatment capacity). In the long term, it is necessary to reconstruct the relevant facilities according to the research results of the geological reservoir; in the stage, it is possible to adjust the liquid production between the oil wells, so as to achieve the purpose of increasing oil and reducing water by adjusting the liquid extraction/drop between the oil wells on the premise that the liquid production of the oil field remains unchanged.

3) Considering the characteristics of bottom water reservoir development, under the condition of limited engineering treatment, measures such as shut in, cone killing and rotary production can be taken to adjust the liquid production structure.

5. The Analysis of the Field Test Result

Take A oilfield as an example, A oilfield has been exploited for 25 years, and the water cut is as high as 97%, and the daily liquid production is as high as 60,000/day. Due to limited offshore facilities, the liquid treatment of the oilfield has been completed. Saturated, unable to increase oil through liquid extraction,.

5.1. Selection of the Wells with Liquid Extraction Production

According to the previous analysis of the maximum liquid production capacity, the critical pressure of sand production and degassing for all single wells in A oilfield are calculated. The maximum liquid production under the maximum bottom hole flow pressure is calculated by choosing the low value as the maximum bottom hole flow pressure. Combining with the maximum liquid production under the limit of single well pump and ground equipment, the low value is selected as the maximum liquid production of single well, and finally the space for liquid extraction and water cut are selected. Relatively low (water cut less than 97%) wells carry out fluid extraction.

5.2. The Increment of Oil Production under the Condition of Increase Liquid Production

Through field experiments, the production of B well has been greatly increased from 1700 cubic metres per day to 2761 cubic metres per day, the daily oil production has increased by 73 cubic metres meters, and the water cut has decreased by 1.4% And through Petrel-RE-2017 mechanism model, the influence can be extended by extracting liquid to increase oil production (Figure 6).

By calculating the fluid increment of a single well after lifting, assuming that the water cut is constant, the oil increment of a single well is proportional to the fluid increment. Thus, the oil increment after single well lifting is calculated to be 139.0 m3/d.

A Oilfield is now in a saturated state of liquid handling capacity. The total of 4000 m3/d of fluid is extracted from 36 wells. Some wells need to let off fluid. In order to achieve the goal of high-speed development of offshore oilfields, all wells in A Oilfield were sorted according to water cut, and the highest water cut

Figure 6. Scope of sweep under different pressure difference.

wells were selected to shut down and let off fluid. 6 wells will increase oil production by 139.0 m3/d and shut down 5 wells, resulting in a loss of 38.3 m3/d. Finally, reasonable allocation of liquid yield per well is adopted to increase oil production. After shutdown of high water wells, after a certain period of gravity coning, re-opening takes part in a new round of fluid production structure adjustment.

6. Conclusion

Based on reservoir engineering and seepage mechanics combined with field technology, the adjustment of production structure in A oilfield was studied, and the following conclusions and understandings were obtained:

1) The generalized water drive curve method can be applied to strong bottom water reservoir, and the dimensionless production index of single well can be obtained by this method.

2) Effect of high water bearing well passing through shut in pressure cone.

Through the method of Guangshi water drive curve, considering the surface equipment, combined with the effect of shut in cone pressure, it can effectively guide the adjustment of liquid production structure of strong bottom water reservoir in high water cut stage.

Conflicts of Interest

The authors declare no conflicts of interest regarding the publication of this paper.


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