Perforation and Flowback Highlights From the Gorgon Field, Offshore Australia

Fig. 1—Location of the Gorgon gas field.

The Gorgon liquefied-natural-gas project (Fig. 1 above) is one of the world’s largest natural gas projects and the biggest single resource development in Australia’s history. In 2014, eight Gorgon wells were perforated successfully, intercepting between three and seven commingled zones and gross intervals of up to 500 m per well. This paper contrasts the detailed perforating and flowback plan with the results of the operation where a number of planned, and some unplanned, contingencies were faced.

Perforation Basis of Design

The main element of the Gorgon--project well design that affected perforating was that reservoir sections would be completed with a cemented 70-in. liner in 8¾-in. open hole, with the top perforation approximately 250 m below the liner top. Each well was to be completed in multiple formation zones, with the average gross perforation interval per well (top to bottom shot measured distance) expected to be more than 400 m and an average net perforation interval (sum of perforated zones) of close to 150 m.

This article, written by Special Publications Editor Adam Wilson, contains highlights of paper SPE 182420, “Perforation and Rig Flowback Highlights for the Gorgon Field Development Wells,” by A.K. Morrison, SPE, and J.P. Beinke, SPE, Chevron Australia, prepared for the 2016 SPE Asia Pacific Oil and Gas Conference and Exhibition, Perth, Australia, 25–27 October. The paper has not been peer reviewed.
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Perforation and Flowback Highlights From the Gorgon Field, Offshore Australia

01 November 2017

Volume: 69 | Issue: 11


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