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Saudi Arabia’s Manifa Offshore Field Development: The Role of Technology

Topics: Offshore
Fig. 1—Real-time production-logging BHA with tractored CT used to transmit and receive real-time data.

A major challenge of Arabian heavy‑oil development is the problem of generating competitive advantages through deploying technological innovations while making cost-effective solutions a crucial part of a firm’s strategy for rigless interventions. The purpose of this paper is to examine coiled-tubing (CT) -stimulation and -logging technologies used in the timely project execution of one of Saudi Arabia’s largest field developments to enhance matrix-stimulation success in a cost-effective manner.

Introduction

The Manifa field is located in Saudi Arabia and measures approximately 45 km in length and 18 km in width, encompassing both onshore and offshore areas with water depths between 4 and 6 m. It was discovered in 1957, with first sustained production in 1964. However, because of low demand, the field was shut down in 1984. In 2006, a field-­redevelopment plan was initiated with major capital spending. Drilling and development started in 2010.

New technologies have been enablers for the unique development of the Manifa field. To cover operations in the field adequately, 27 man-made islands were developed and connected by causeway. Manifa contains the largest number of extended-reach wells (ERWs) in the world; two-thirds of the wells in the field are ERWs by industry standards, some with a total depth (TD) of 37,000 ft, departing beyond 26,000 ft from surface locations.

This article, written by JPT Technology Editor Chris Carpenter, contains highlights of paper OTC 25119, “Saudi Arabia’s Manifa Giant Offshore Field Development: The Role of Technology,” by James Arukhe, Shadi Hanbzazah, Abdulrahman Ahmari, Saleh Al Ghamdi, and Karam Yateem, Saudi Aramco, and Moustapha Bal, Danish Ahmed, and Fernando Baez, Schlumberger, prepared for the 2014 Offshore Technology Conference, Houston, 5–8 May. The paper has not been peer reviewed. Copyright 2014 Offshore Technology Conference. Reproduced by permission.
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Saudi Arabia’s Manifa Offshore Field Development: The Role of Technology

01 November 2014

Volume: 66 | Issue: 11

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