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Integrated Study Aids Characterization and Modeling of Natural-Fracture Networks

Fig. 1—Conceptual fracture model.

Natural fractures can have a significant effect on fluid flow by creating permeability anisotropy in hydrocarbon reservoirs. They can also play an undesirable role in reservoir subsidence and compaction during depletion, with important consequences for production strategy. The investigation of these effects motivated a comprehensive integrated fracture study of three reservoirs from a giant gas-condensate field in Abu Dhabi. The main objective was to build 3D fracture models and compute fracture properties of each reservoir, to be used in dynamic simulations.

Introduction

The studied reservoirs are gas-condensate-bearing in a carbonate field onshore Abu Dhabi. The field has an anticlinal structure and consists of a series of stacked reservoirs, among which three (Reservoirs A, B, and C) were part of this study. For each reservoir, the production comes mainly from the large gas-bearing area above the gas/oil contact, which is surrounded by a thin peripheric oil rim.

The studied field has a long production history; Reservoir A has produced oil and gas for 30 years. Minor fracturing was observed during routine core analyses in the past, but a comprehensive fracture characterization at field scale was never conducted. Because fractures may have a major bearing on production and could play a significant role in rock compaction and collapse during reservoir depletion, an important objective was to ascertain the risk related to the geomechanical stability of these reservoirs because of the presence of natural-fracture networks.

This article, written by Special Publications Editor Adam Wilson, contains highlights of paper SPE 186043, “An Integrated Study To Characterize and Model Natural-Fracture Networks of Gas-Condensate Carbonate Reservoirs, Onshore Abu Dhabi,” by Budour Ateeq, Mohamed El Gohary, Khalid Al Ammari, and Rashad Masoud, ADCO; Abdelwahab Noufal, ADNOC; Ghislain de Joussineau and Martin Weber, Beicip Franlab; and Dinesh Agrawal, IFP Middle East Consulting, prepared for the 2017 SPE Reservoir Characterization and Simulation Conference and Exhibition, Abu Dhabi, 8–10 May. The paper has not been peer reviewed.
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Integrated Study Aids Characterization and Modeling of Natural-Fracture Networks

01 July 2018

Volume: 70 | Issue: 7

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