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Abstract

The U-P Ford zone in the Long Beach Unit of the East Wilmington Field consists of low-permeability (2-50 millidarcies) turbidites that have been waterflooded since field start-up. Forty years of successes and failures have provided valuable insights into how to best waterflood these reservoirs given their thin-bedded nature, lateral and vertical changes in reservoir quality, formation damage susceptibility, and sand control problems. Multiple techniques and technologies have been applied to describe their reservoir architecture, quantify reservoir performance, and extract the oil. This work has become more challenging as the waterflood has matured and will require the close integration of all disciplines to identify and exploit remaining opportunities.

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