Improving the Relationship Between Flow-Zone Indicators With Lithofacies

Topics: Reservoir characterization

The F field in the Middle East currently has more than 40 producing wells in the center of the structure. The uneven well distribution limits the understanding of 3D reservoir characterization, particularly in the flank areas. A fit-for-purpose integrated reservoir-characterization study was carried out. The exercise, outlined in the complete paper, confirms the heterogeneity within B formation (the primary oil reservoir within F field), and it captures the changes in reservoir quality laterally and vertically.


F field is located in the northeastern part of the Arabian Peninsula. F field is a low-relief anticlinal structure aligned northwest/southeast, approximately 31 km long and 10 km wide. B formation consists of carbonate-ramp depositional settings, and has an average thickness of 200 m. Multiple development wells were drilled as part of its development plan, and its first oil production was achieved 3 years ago.

Issues with reservoir characterization have arisen because of the uneven well distribution, especially in the flank area. Furthermore, only one conventional core with good recovery was available for Reservoir B, which makes it somewhat difficult to delineate the internal architecture of the carbonate ramp.

This article, written by JPT Technology Editor Chris Carpenter, contains highlights of paper SPE 186005, “An Innovative Approach Toward Improving the Relationship Between Flow-Zone Indicators With Lithofacies: A Case Study in a Carbonate Oil Field in the Middle East,” by N.S. Hashim, A.F. Zakaria, and N.A. Ishak, Petronas, 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 The paper has not been peer reviewed.
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Improving the Relationship Between Flow-Zone Indicators With Lithofacies

01 August 2017

Volume: 69 | Issue: 8