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Mapping CO2 in Real Time With Downhole Fluid Analysis in the East Irish Sea

This paper describes the first successful attempt on the continental shelf offshore UK to map carbon dioxide (CO2) in real time while logging during a drilling campaign in the East Irish Sea. Reservoirs in this sea’s basin contain varying proportions of CO2, nitrogen (N2), and hydrogen sulfide (H2S), in addition to oil and methane. Two of these wells develop the Rhyl gas field. Downhole-fluid-analysis (DFA) technologies were deployed with a wireline-formation-testing (WFT) tool to measure CO2 content accurately downhole.

Introduction

The Rhyl field was discovered in 2009 and received development approval in 2012. It is located 11 km north of the North Morecambe field. The North and South Morecambe fields were discovered in the 1970s, with some 7 Tcf of gas initially in place. Production from the Rhyl field extends the longevity of these assets.

Vertical and horizontal variations in CO2 content in the Rhyl field were assessed across the Triassic Ormskirk sandstone, the upper member of the Sherwood sandstone group. The Ormskirk sandstone formation represents the principal reservoir target in the East Irish Sea, comprising high-porosity aeolian and fluvial sandstones with variable grain size and playa mudstones.

This article, written by JPT Technology Editor Chris Carpenter, contains highlights of paper SPE 166497, “Mapping CO2 in Real Time in Hydrocarbon Reservoirs With Downhole Fluid Analysis: First Successful Experience in the East Irish Sea, UK Continental Shelf,” by B. Quayle, S. James, and M. Quine, Centrica Energy, and I. De Santo, P. Jeffreys, and J.Y. Zuo, Schlumberger, prepared for the 2013 SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition, New Orleans, 30 September–2 October. The paper has not been peer reviewed.
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Mapping CO2 in Real Time With Downhole Fluid Analysis in the East Irish Sea

01 July 2014

Volume: 66 | Issue: 7

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