Automation Helps Optimize Enhanced Oil Recovery for Mature Fields
Keywords: Digital Oilfield, Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR), Reservoir Evaluation, Production Optimization, Multiphase Flow Metering, Petro-Analytics.
The Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) recently held its annual Digital Energy Conference with the theme, "Information to Insight," to help develop further support for the growing number of digital oilfield initiatives. Most of the presentations highlighted the benefits and challenges of investing in automation and technology to increase productivity of new wells and develop enhanced oil recovery (EOR) solutions for mature wells.
Industry sources indicate that 70 percent of the world's oil production comes from mature fields. Typically, the majority of primary recovered oil fields are further developed by water flooding, which is believed to be the most widely used secondary recovery method in the oil industry. With decline of new oilfield discoveries, exploiting water-flooded reservoirs plays an ever more prominent role in meeting the increasing demands for energy. To best exploit these reservoirs, energy and service companies have increased their investments in automation and other technology to optimize their enhanced oil recovery (EOR) methods.
At the recent conference, presenters from Halliburton, Schlumberger, BP, Saudi Aramco, ExxonMobil, Optimization Petroleum Technologies, Kuwait Oil Company (KOC), and other companies provided examples of how they have applied automation and other technology throughout the upstream value chain to further enhance productivity and increase ultimate recovery.
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