Geosteering Well Placement Achieves 1,983 Feet of Oil Pay in 8-½” Horizontal SectionDownload PDF
Geosteer in thin oil sand to optimize well placement and enhance understanding
An operator had been exploiting and producing the K10.1 sand of the Bertam A field since phase one, with the placement of 19 horizontal wells to tap this oil reservoir. These oil pay were previously geosteered using only the ADR™ azimuthal deep resistivity service, as a strong geosignal provided clear indications and confidence to track the top of the K10.1 sand boundary approximately 4-5 ft away. As the top sand was relatively exploited, a new oil reserve was found in the lower K10.2.
The new challenge was to geosteer within this K10.2 sand that is just meters thin. Due to structural and stratigraphy uncertainty, where the shale separating the K10.2 and the K10.1 sand above it may be less developed at the toe of the horizontal section, the ADR geo-signal could be muted. There was also potentially poor development of the top of the K10.2 shale signature at the section half of the horizontal hole section. To de-risk this uncertainty, Halliburton Sperry Drilling proposed using its EarthStar® ultra-deep resistivity service with a short-spaced configuration, in combination with the ADR tool, to better delineate the K10.2 and reference the K10.1 top, if required.
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