Side View Seismic Location method helps fracture characterization in a giant fractured carbonate heavy oil field in Iran

A. Shafiei, M. B. Dusseault, B. Samimi-Sadeh

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Abstract

Kuh-e-Mond heavy oil field is the largest onshore naturally fractured heavy oil carbonate field in Iran with a resource base of 6-10 Bb OOIP. The heavy oil is found in two formations with oil viscosities of 570-1160 cP in situ. Having a clear picture of the natural fracture fabric of the reservoir will help petroleum engineers and development geologists to determining orientation and flow characteristics of the dominant fracture sets in order to optimize production well placement. In this article, results from fractured media investigations using the Side View Seismic Location (SVSL) method are presented. The SVSL results indicate a transversely oriented zone of minimum values of open fracturing in the NW part of the field, which separates the field into two isolated blocks. The SE part is characterized by a high concentration of abnormally fractured zones and is considered to be the most promising area for primary field development. Based on this study a number of suitable locations for production well placement are proposed. Also, implementing proper down-hole operations in some of the existing wells are recommended to further assess the fabric and arrive at a development strategy.

Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2009
Externally publishedYes
Event1st International Petroleum Conference and Exhibition - Shiraz, Iran, Islamic Republic of
Duration: May 4 2009May 6 2009

Conference

Conference1st International Petroleum Conference and Exhibition
CountryIran, Islamic Republic of
CityShiraz
Period5/4/095/6/09

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Carbonates
Oil fields
heavy oil
oil field
Crude oil
well
carbonate
fractured medium
Petroleum
development strategy
Oils
viscosity
petroleum
Viscosity
Engineers
oil
resource
method
fabric

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  • Geochemistry and Petrology

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Shafiei, A., Dusseault, M. B., & Samimi-Sadeh, B. (2009). Side View Seismic Location method helps fracture characterization in a giant fractured carbonate heavy oil field in Iran. Paper presented at 1st International Petroleum Conference and Exhibition, Shiraz, Iran, Islamic Republic of.

Side View Seismic Location method helps fracture characterization in a giant fractured carbonate heavy oil field in Iran. / Shafiei, A.; Dusseault, M. B.; Samimi-Sadeh, B.

2009. Paper presented at 1st International Petroleum Conference and Exhibition, Shiraz, Iran, Islamic Republic of.

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Shafiei, A, Dusseault, MB & Samimi-Sadeh, B 2009, 'Side View Seismic Location method helps fracture characterization in a giant fractured carbonate heavy oil field in Iran' Paper presented at 1st International Petroleum Conference and Exhibition, Shiraz, Iran, Islamic Republic of, 5/4/09 - 5/6/09, .
Shafiei A, Dusseault MB, Samimi-Sadeh B. Side View Seismic Location method helps fracture characterization in a giant fractured carbonate heavy oil field in Iran. 2009. Paper presented at 1st International Petroleum Conference and Exhibition, Shiraz, Iran, Islamic Republic of.
Shafiei, A. ; Dusseault, M. B. ; Samimi-Sadeh, B. / Side View Seismic Location method helps fracture characterization in a giant fractured carbonate heavy oil field in Iran. Paper presented at 1st International Petroleum Conference and Exhibition, Shiraz, Iran, Islamic Republic of.
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