Competitive placement of oil perforation zones in hydraulic flow units from centrality measures

Competitive placement of oil perforation zones in hydraulic flow units from centrality measures

Author Oliveira, G. P. Google Scholar
Roque, W. L. Google Scholar
Araujo, E. A. Google Scholar
Diniz, Anthony Andrey Ramalho Autor UNIFESP Google Scholar
Simoes, T. A. Google Scholar
Santos, M. D. Google Scholar
Abstract This paper applies graph centrality measures to suggest a competitive placement of perforation zones in oil reservoirs. Datasets available in an online repository are used to build a synthetic field model in which porosity and permeability are known everywhere. From this field, a reservoir associated to a central oil well chosen randomly is extracted so as to form a volume containing distinct groups of petrophysical regions. Combined with the well-known FZI/DRT (flow zone indicator/discrete rock type) techniques, which identifies hydraulic flow units by means of linear regression best-fit lines and conversion formulae, high-performance clusters, as well as their respective target zones, are identified in the reservoir. Each cluster is modelled as an irregular set of face-connected cells and additionally mapped onto undirected graphs. Individual numerical simulations of production wellbores placed at testing and target zones are performed for several clusters. We find that when the wellbores are placed exactly at those vertices whose closeness centrality measure is maximum, considerable oil recovery factors are achieved, thereby suggesting highly competitive perforation zones. We conjecture that the current approach may be used as a decision-making tool to allocate production zones and choose economically viable perforation strategies for implementation during the stages of drilling and production. (C) 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
Keywords Reservoir characterization
Mathematical modelling
Hydraulic flow unit
Centrality measure
Oil recovery
xmlui.dri2xhtml.METS-1.0.item-coverage Amsterdam
Language English
Sponsor Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior (CAPES)
Date 2016
Published in Journal Of Petroleum Science And Engineering. Amsterdam, v. 147, p. 282-291, 2016.
ISSN 0920-4105 (Sherpa/Romeo, impact factor)
Publisher Elsevier Science Bv
Extent 282-291
Access rights Closed access
Type Article
Web of Science ID WOS:000388630900026

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