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An assessment of the Upper Succession and the related secondary reservoirs in the Welton Field, onshore UK

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James Steventon
James Steventon
IGas Energy Plc, Interpark House, 7 Down Street, London W1J 7AJ, UKSchool of Earth, Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences, University of Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9PL, UK
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Mike Bowman
Mike Bowman
School of Earth, Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences, University of Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9PL, UKPetroleum Engineering Program, Texas A & M University at Qatar, Doha, Qatar
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Published:
January 01, 2018

Abstract

The Welton oil field has produced nearly 20 MMBO (million barrels of oil) since discovery in 1981. Now in post-plateau decline, there is increasing reliance on a series of secondary reservoirs. Production has been from a suite of stacked reservoirs deposited by large-scale prograding delta-plain systems of early Westphalian age. Whilst the bulk of production has been from the Basal Succession, a considerable upside is considered to exist in the less well-studied Upper Succession that comprises predominantly distributary channel and crevasse splay deposits which have produced in excess of 3 MMBO. These accumulations occur within the Deep Soft Rock, Deep Hard Rock and Tupton reservoirs.

This paper focuses on a sedimentological analysis of cored intervals, integrated with petrophysical logs and detailed production data to enable further recommendations to identify areas of undrained pay, along with identifying additional reservoir management activities that could optimize future offtake from the field. These reservoirs consist predominantly of very fine-grained sandstone, with permeability values rarely attaining 100 mD and average porosity values of 10–12%.

Recommendations include executing tracer communication tests and building a detailed field model, as well as a pilot water-injection scheme to increase production from some of Welton's secondary reservoirs.

Supplementary material: A full set of detailed sedimentological logs for each of the cored wells in this study is available at https://doi.org/10.6084/m9.figshare.c.3593984

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Geological Society, London, Special Publications

Petroleum Geology of NW Europe: 50 Years of Learning – Proceedings of the 8th Petroleum Geology Conference

M. Bowman
M. Bowman
University of Manchester, UK
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B. Levell
B. Levell
University of Oxford, UK
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The Geological Society of London
Volume
8
ISBN electronic:
9781786203151
Publication date:
January 01, 2018

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