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New Deep-Reservoir Diagnostics under Development

Source: www.gulfoilandgas.com 8/8/2007, Location: Middle East

Saudi Aramco and Schlumberger are jointly developing new borehole gravity metering (BHGM) technology to measure the movement of deep-reservoir fluids at a precision scale never before attained.

“Saudi Aramco is actively pursuing the development of strategic technologies and tools for reservoir surveillance and monitoring,” says Amin H. Nasser, vice president of Petroleum Engineering and Development at Saudi Aramco.
“Collaboration with service providers is one of our approaches to develop next-generation tools that meet our needs. This is another example of this philosophy.”

Schlumberger and Saudi Aramco are jointly developing a new, high precision, slim-hole BHGM logging tool, with the associated sensors that will acquire gravity density measurements through 4-1/2 Outer Diameter tubing, without having to pull out the tubing strings, as is the case with current technology. The resulting high-precision measurements will require inversion software to be developed to help estimate reservoir fluid saturations to make accurate interpretation possible deep into the reservoir.

“The implications of this technology, which allows us to diagnose with high precision, formation densities far from the well bore and deep into the reservoir, are huge, but the challenges to its development are considerable, ” explains Muhammad Saggaf, manager of Saudi Aramco’s EXPEC Advanced Research Center (EXPEC ARC). “It will require integration of different data resources, formation evaluation technologies, and large-scale diagnostic information about reservoirs.”

This effort, Saggaf explained, is part of Saudi Aramco’s vision for the role of technology in the petroleum industry of the future. “We are committed not only to developing and using state-of-the-art technology,” he said, “but also to creating a vision for the value that such technologies can add to the industry as a whole.”

“We are delighted to expand our relationship with Saudi Aramco as we undertake this important project,” says Ashok Belani, chief technology officer, Schlumberger. “We anticipate that this high precision slim-hole BHGM logging technology will add value to current formation evaluation practices and help obtain deep formation density data.”

The development project will be executed by a technical team comprised of researchers from Saudi Aramco’s EXPEC ARC and Schlumberger.

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