Heavy Oil Project Experience

Halliburton has experience in all of the active major heavy oil basins. Wherever your heavy oil play is located, Halliburton has the experts and infrastructure in place to safely deliver the superior service, customized solutions, local expertise, and regulatory understanding needed to optimally exploit any heavy oil reservoir.

Halliburton's Heavy Oil Project History

Halliburton's Heavy Oil Project History

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Summary Summary Halliburton developed a more efficient way to recomplete heavy oil wells in Canada
Canadian Natural Resources increased production with novel Halliburton re-perforation method
Summary Summary Canada: Accurate Geosteering Helps to Precisely Position a Wellbore in a Cyclic Steam Application for Optimized Oil Recovery Sign in required
Geosteer a horizontal well for precise wellbore placement in the heavy oil reservoir, 2 meters (6.6 feet) above a lower shale boundary.
Summary Summary Ecuador: A Real-Time, Collaborative Environment to “Model, Measure and Optimize" Saves Petroamazonas Time and Doubles Production Sign in required
Petroamazonas wanted to position a well in the cleanest, most permeable portion of the reservoir and maximize reservoir contact by remaining in the “sweet spot” of the targeted sands.
Summary Summary Canada, Alberta: Real-Time Geosteering Delivers Precise Horizontal Wellbore Placement in Heavy Oil Sands Sign in required
To capture maximum reserves in the Primrose field of northern Alberta, Canada, an operator had resorted to “tagging the shale” bottom to position horizontal wells as close as possible to the base of the reservoir. The result was often a drill bit stuck in the shale, and either poor wellbore placement and lost reserves, or having to pull back and re-drill the section.
Summary Summary Congo: First Use of Electromagnetic Telemetry in Offshore Environment Optimizes Drilling Operations and Saves Time Sign in required
An operator wanted to use an aphron-based mud system to help prevent fluid losses while drilling in a depleted, low-pressure reservoir. Acquiring data using conventional positive or negative mud pulse measurement-while-drilling (MWD) tools would have been difficult or impossible.
Summary Summary Colombia: GeoForce® XL Downhole Motor Delivers Best in Class Performance in Castilla Field Sign in required
Ecopetrol wanted to improve drilling performance in the 12 ½-inch hole section of the well to help reduce overall drilling time and associated costs by ten percent.
Summary Summary Venezuela: Petrocedeño, Venezuela, Uses InSite ADR™ Sensor and StrataSteer® 3D Service for Optimal Wellbore Placement Sign in required
Petrocedeño was able to steer the wellpath into the best reservoir target, reducing geological uncertainties, optimizing drilling operations and delivering an improvement in net pay.
Summary Summary Mexico: Optimized Drilling Performance Overcomes Multiple Challenges to Save Millions Sign in required
Offshore Mexico The Cantarell-2119 heavy oil well is located offshore Mexico, water depth 46 m (150 ft), in a block bounded by faults on both the east and west, presenting challenges that include total lost circulation zones and rock with high compressive strength averaging about 35,000 to 40,000 psi.
Summary Summary Canada: Accurate Geosteering Helps to Precisely Position a Wellbore in a Cyclic Steam Application for Optimized Oil Recovery Sign in required
Geosteer a horizontal well for precise wellbore placement in the heavy oil reservoir, 2 meters (6.6 feet) above a lower shale boundary.
Summary Summary Columbia: Remote Operations Center Facilitates Nimble Geosteering to Narrow Target in Heavy Oil Sands Sign in required
To reduce costs by improving drilling time, an operator drilling through complex shale and sand formations in a remote Colombian field, where the oil-water contact can reach to within 10 feet (3 meters) true vertical depth (TVD) below the top of sand, required accurate real-time information to navigate to the target zone.
Summary Summary Advanced Completion Technologies For Thermal Heavy Oil
Improving Efficiency in SAGD Wells
Summary Summary EquiFlow Inflow Control Device (ICD) for SAGD
In the heavy oil environments where SAGD techniques are often used, operators face unique challenges for efficient recovery.
Summary Summary EquiFlow Autonomous Inflow Control Device (AICD) for SAGD
EquiFlow AICD produces heavier, more viscous fluids, offering SAGD producers additional benefits.
Summary Summary Australia: New Multilateral Window Exit Technology from Halliburton Reduces Installation Time and Helps Operator Save an Estimated $3.3 Million
An operator developing a deepwater field off the Australian NW Shelf required a minimal subsea infrastructure with tight lateral spacing in an environmentally sensitive area.
Summary Summary Aurora™ Surface-Access Magnetic Ranging Service
The Aurora™ service is the industry’s first surface-access active ranging service which deploys a magnetic source by connecting to the target wellhead via the surface instead of downhole, thus helping you place your wells accurately the first time and gain the greatest returns from your SAGD project.
Summary Summary Aurora™ Service
Learn more about how to reduce SAGD costs with the industry-leading Aurora™ service
Summary Summary Pipeline and Process Capabilities
To be the leader in minimizing both down time and start up time, increasing efficiency and sustaining production in the energy transportation and process industries.
Summary Summary Aurora™ Surface-Access Magnetic Ranging Service
Learn more about how to reduce SAGD costs with the industry-leading Aurora� service
Summary Summary Heavy Oil Halliburton Advantage
Halliburton Value Chain, Heavy Oil Overview
Summary Summary What Makes Heavy Oil 'Heavy?'
Heavy oil typically has a viscosity of 100 centipoise or greater. Extra heavy oil is generally referred to as heavy oil with a viscosity in excess of 10,000 centipoise.
Summary Summary Environmental Benefits
Heavy oil is hard to produce, costly to produce, and takes more energy to produce. We work hard to keep fields viable long after they would experience a precipitous decline.
Summary Summary Heavy Oil
Heavy Oil overview
Summary Summary Heavy Oil Challenges and Solutions
Heavy Oil basins and their unique challenges vary widely. Halliburton has the right technologies and solutions.
Summary Summary CSS – Boosting Recovery Rates in Vertical Heavy Oil Wells
CSS, also known as “huff-and-puff”, is a widely used enhanced oil recovery method employed to extract the bitumen or hydrocarbons in heavy oil reservoirs.
Summary Summary Steamflood Technologies Help Extend the Economic Life of Heavy Oil Reservoirs
Steamflooding is an increasingly popular oil recovery steam method used to extract the bitumen or hydrocarbons in heavy oil reservoirs.
Summary Summary How is Heavy Oil Captured?
There are a number of ways to access heavy oil and bring it to the surface. They are primary, secondary, and tertiary (EOR).
Summary Summary Where is Heavy Oil Found?
Heavy oil deposits (including bitumen, which is also referred to as ultra heavy oil) are found in a wide variety of locations.
Summary Summary Heavy Oil Project Experience
Halliburton has experience in not just some, but all of the active major heavy oil basins.
Summary Summary Optimizing Operations with Multilateral Solutions
It is no longer enough to produce from a single horizontal well in many heavy oil fields. Often, these fields have extremely thick pay zones with high viscosity/low mobility crude and multiple locations that must be exploited to realize return on investment.
Summary Summary Azimuthal Uncertainty
Heavy oil operators want to drill highly accurate wells without risking expensive wellbore collisions.
Summary Summary Steam Placement & Production Control Along Entire Length of Horizontal Wells
One of the key factors that control production from SAGD projects is the ability to generate and maintain an effective steam chamber associated with each individual SAGD well pair.
Summary Summary Geologic and/or Reservoir Uncertainty
Improving the efficiency of drilling large SAGD/CCS well pads in thin, hard-to-predict oil sands formations is critical.
Summary Summary Complex Ultra-Heavy Oil Operations Systems Environment
The handful of companies that are operating oil sands thermal in-situ assets in Canada are pioneering what are perhaps the most complex, land-based oil development projects in the world.
Summary Summary Reservoir Fluid Characterization
Along with overcoming the presence of fresh water in heavy oil, as well as taking into account oil viscosity and permeability, challenges include accurate production and operational cost estimates, bringing in production on time, and accurately identifying infrastructure investments.
Summary Summary Drilling Efficiency in Oil Sands Formations
Drilling in highly viscous oil sands presents operators with several unique challenges. Because the oil sand is poorly consolidated and very glutinous, it sticks to bottomhole drilling assemblies, casing shoes and production liners.
Summary Summary Reduced Time to Drill SAGD Well Pairs
SAGD well pairs typically average a total of 12 days to drill (six days for the producer and six for the injector). Because these wells are drilled from pad locations and with very tight spacing, drilling operations have become very specialized, requiring specially designed drilling rigs and equipment in order to drill wells more and more efficiently without sacrificing wellbore quality/performance.
Summary Summary Reduced Costs Associated with Steam Generation
Steam generation accounts for 65% of the operating costs for oil sands operators who employ thermal in-situ recovery techniques. Because of this, steam oil ratio (SOR) is one of the key performance metrics for measuring the performance of these operations.
Summary Summary Sand Control in Producer Wellbores
Heavy oil operators have experimented with a wide variety of sand control technologies over the years to help prevent the plugging of production liners with unwanted sand.
Summary Summary Dynamic Reservoir Monitoring
The ability to accurately and continually measure, analyze and predict reservoir conditions (temperature, pressure, production and injection rates) is critical to the overall production optimization process.
Summary Summary Accurate Reservoir Description
Measuring accurate porosity, permeability and fluid saturations has always been a challenge related to accurate reservoir properties description. Formation porosity and permeability are key petrophysical parameters that characterize the nature of the reservoir, while formation fluids saturation is a key parameter for oil reserve estimates.
Summary Summary Cement and Casing Failure Due to Extreme Temperatures and Corrosion
Heavy oil operators want low cost, effective wells that will last for the 7-10 years it will take to realize ultimate recovery. Past experience in thermal projects has shown that steam, in addition to heating the heavy oil, can cause very high temperatures and corrosive conditions that may impose considerable thermal stress and chemical attack on casing and cement sheaths.
Summary Summary Lowering Environmental Impact and Waste Management Costs
The development of in-situ heavy oil assets requires a very high concentration of wells in a confined, environmentally sensitive area.
Summary Summary Inter-well Placement Uncertainty
In order to generate an efficient SAGD recovery mechanism, it is critical that the over-lying steam injection well be positioned over top of the under-lying producer well.
Summary Summary DuraKleen® Asphaltene Removal Service
DuraKleen® Asphaltene Removal Service is a new approach to the decades-old industry problem of asphaltene and paraffin deposition on production equipment.
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