Energy Policy Act of 2005 (Ultra-deepwater and Unconventional Resources Program)
Knowledge Reservoir, LLC, Houston, TX 77027
Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA 70803
Anadarko Petroleum Corporation, The Woodlands, TX 77380
This project is titled "Development of a Research Report and Characterization Database of Deepwater and Ultra-Deepwater Assets in the Gulf of Mexico, including Technical Focus Direction, Incentives, Needs Assessment Analysis and Concepts Identification for Improved Recovery Techniques".
The project will identify improved recovery opportunities in the early stages of field development planning, such that facility and well designs can be optimized to take advantage of those opportunities. Additionally, opportunities for improved recovery in producing fields will be assessed, as will current and near-future technologies for improved recovery. The project will include characterization of deepwater and ultra-deepwater reservoir assets and compile and categorize key causes of trapped and remaining hydrocarbons in such reservoirs. The prioritization of technology gaps in improved recovery methods will also be addressed as specifically relate to deepwater and ultra-deepwater reservoirs, with the aim of identifying leading concepts for future research, investment, development, testing and deployment /application.
The project will utilize current IOR/EOR evaluation work by Anadarko and its partners on the K2 Field to jumpstart closing the technology gaps that have prevented application of an EOR process in deepwater GOM. Advanced experimental fluid and core studies are being conducted to improve understanding of reservoir process mechanisms for water-based and gas-based injection processes determined to be the most feasible injectants for deepwater reservoir conditions. A comprehensive description of the K2 EOR evaluation and initial fluid studies work is documented in OTC paper 19624 to be presented at the May 2008 Offshore Technology Conference in Houston, Texas.
State-of-the-art and unique measurement techniques currently in place at LSU will be upgraded to characterize DW/UDW reservoir fluid-fluid and rock-fluids interactions at actual reservoir conditions of pressures and temperatures. This will aid in making key decisions on the IOR processes suitable for DW/UDW applications. A thorough and comprehensive review of IOR/EOR techniques and experiences, both on- and offshore, will be conducted.
Project results will be captured in a knowledge base to facilitate effective technology transfer. The primary outcomes of the project will be advancement of understanding of improved recovery techniques, provision of a foundation for future development, testing and deployment phases of new technology and methodology, ultimately leading to the recovery of more resources from deepwater and ultra-deepwater assets.
Principal Investigator Joe Lach