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Applications of real-time chemical stratigraphy in support of the safe drilling of HPHT wells; examples from the Shearwater Field, central North Sea, UK

Daniel Atkin, Manuel Vieira and Ben Taylor
Applications of real-time chemical stratigraphy in support of the safe drilling of HPHT wells; examples from the Shearwater Field, central North Sea, UK
Petroleum Geoscience (February 2020) 27 (1)

Abstract

X-ray fluorescence (XRF) data from a series of high-pressure-high-temperature (HPHT) wells drilled in the Shearwater Field, UK Continental Shelf (UKCS) are presented. These data comprise a total of 789 samples across a series of eight study wells. Chemical stratigraphy was utilized in conjunction with other geological data (i.e. well logs, ditch cutting descriptions and biostratigraphic analyses) to aid real-time stratigraphic placement. Systematic changes in geochemical composition were identified and used to build a chemostratigraphic zonation to aid delineation of lithostratigraphic boundaries. The application of chemical stratigraphy provided a valuable source of data, particularly through critical "drill-in-liner" sections that are devoid of conventional logging while drilling (LWD) data. The identification of key geochemical zones and provision of a synthetic gamma-ray (Synth GR) profile were utilized in the placement of key casing points and identification of challenging top reservoir picks (Fulmar Formation). These data also served as a backup during LWD tool failure resulting from excessive temperatures. The successive addition of geochemical data accumulated with each well-site exercise permitted continued refinement of the zonation framework, with derived Synth GR profiles exhibiting an extremely close relationship with subsequent wireline logs. Chemical stratigraphic data are shown to be robust and repeatable within the Shearwater Field, enabling close stratigraphic control through critical sections, whilst also providing a low-cost backup in the event of conventional logging tool failures.


ISSN: 1354-0793
Serial Title: Petroleum Geoscience
Serial Volume: 27
Serial Issue: 1
Title: Applications of real-time chemical stratigraphy in support of the safe drilling of HPHT wells; examples from the Shearwater Field, central North Sea, UK
Affiliation: RPS Ichron, Northwich, United Kingdom
Published: 20200207
Text Language: English
Publisher: Geological Society Publishing House for EAGE (European Association of Geoscientists & Engineers), London, United Kingdom
References: 27
Accession Number: 2020-047083
Categories: Economic geology, geology of energy sourcesApplied geophysics
Document Type: Serial
Bibliographic Level: Analytic
Illustration Description: illus. incl. 1 table, sketch map
N57°00'00" - N57°45'00", E01°55'50" - E01°56'15"
Secondary Affiliation: Shell UK, GBR, United Kingdom
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Secondary Affiliation: GeoRef, Copyright 2022, American Geosciences Institute. Reference includes data from GeoScienceWorld, Alexandria, VA, United States. Reference includes data from The Geological Society, London, London, United Kingdom
Update Code: 202029
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