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  • What's new in production


    Victor A. Schmidt

    Most oil fields only produce 30% to 40% of the original oil in place, sometimes more using secondary recovery. Secondary recovery sweeps the reservoir accessible by the wells, but many oil fields are highly compartmentalized with oil trapped in unproducible segments, Fig. 1. Getting to this oil requires knowing where the oil is trapped and devising new well paths to reach the oil. This can be expensive, if vertical wells are required. However, RSS technology, coupled with intelligent completions, can open these compartments and extract this oil. Only one question remains: Where is the oil, so operators can plan the well? The answer lies in smarter use of the latest seismic exploration technology for reservoir studies, coupled with traditional tracer conductivity field studies. In the past, computer power to process the data was a limit, but faster processing technology has brought former supercomputer power to the desktop, making detailed reservoir study possible.

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