Workshop delivered to WintershallDea

Ross McCartney recently delivered a customised workshop for WintershallDea entitled ‘Are your formation water compositions reliable?’.  The workshop was presented on-line over five, weekly, ~2.5 hour sessions to a variety of petrophysicists, production chemists, production engineers and geologists from Norway, Germany, Russia, Mexico, Argentina, and the Middle East.  The convenient format enabled staff to attend all or parts of the workshop as they required, regardless of time zone.  

The first four sessions of the workshop covered:

  • The factors controlling formation water compositions in sedimentary basins.
  • Lower salinity formation waters – why they are important, their origins and occurrence, and their compositions.
  • Variation of formation water compositions in an individual field – why they occur, the risk that they will occur, and how they can be identified.
  • How to acquire good quality formation water compositions from well tests, formation tests, and core samples.
  • Factors and processes that can cause your formation water sample composition to be different from that in the reservoir, and how to identify when this is likely to be the case.
  • How to estimate the formation water composition when your formation water samples/analyses are compromised, how to validate the estimate, and the importance of recognising remaining uncertainties.

The topics were illustrated with many field examples, including several from WintershallDea fields.  In the final session, WintershallDea staff had the opportunity to present some relevant current field examples and describe the challenges associated with them.  This was a good opportunity for these to be discussed amongst the staff to consolidate their learning from the workshop, and to gain expert input and guidance on these cases from Ross McCartney.

The post-workshop survey showed the overall experience of the participants was very good (4.43 out of 5) and all participants said they would recommend the course to a fellow colleague.  Andreas Kansy (WintershallDea Chief Petrophysicst) said:

We asked Ross to put on this workshop because of his expertise, experience, and knowledge in this area, and because we knew it would provide an important learning opportunity for our technical staff, regardless of experience.  The format worked well and meant that attendance was high despite work commitments.  The use of field case studies (many from our own fields) to consolidate the information provided in the presentations, was particularly beneficial.  The workshop met all our expectations, was well presented, and covered many aspects of formation waters that are not normally included in other oilfield educational resources”.

If this type of workshop would be of interest to you and your company, please message ross@oilfieldwaterservices.co.uk and he will be happy to discuss with you how the course can be tailored to suit your requirements.

Paper presented at the 32nd Tekna Oil Field Chemistry Symposium 2021

Ross McCartney recently presented a paper titled “De-risking dissolver treatments in low pressure wells by data manipulation and modelling“. This paper shows how formation water compositions and rates can be estimated from produced water compositions and rates when condensation water is being produced. In this case, it allowed the genuine scale risks in the wells to be determined to aid the development of appropriate scale mitigation and treatment plans.

Paper accepted for Oilfield Scale Conference, Aberdeen, June 2018

 

A case study paper co-authored by Ross McCartney has been accepted for presentation at the SPE International Oilfield Scale Conference and Exhibition in Aberdeen in June 2018.

It is entitled “Correcting for Mud Filtrate Contamination of Formation Water Samples for Scale Management Planning: A Case Study from the Nova Field, Norwegian North Sea” and is co-authored with Stephan Hatscher and Vincent Droppert (Wintershall Norge AS) (view abstract here).

Links to the papers will be posted after they have been presented.

Provision of formation water quality assessments to Core Specialist Services Limited

Formation water compositions are usually required for core studies undertaken on SCAL, formation damage and EOR projects.

But, formation water compositions may not be representative of those in the reservoir because they can be changed by many factors including: contamination (e.g. by drilling mud, use of incorrect preservatives, etc), sample cooling, sample de-pressurisation, sample de-gassing, exposure of the sample to air, use of inaccurate or inappropriate analytical methods, and erroneous reporting.

Use of an incorrect formation water composition can impact core study results, including:

  • Clay swelling and fines mobilisation (induced damage studies).
  • Use of incorrect salinity (resistivity/conductivity for Petrophysical SCAL studies).
  • Incorrect viscosity (mobility ratio for reservoir engineering SCAL studies).
  • Formation of mineral scale.
  • EOR with polymer and surfactants need to be accurately matched to a correct formation water salinity.
  • EOR by low salinity water flooding; de-risking the formation water composition is of profound importance.

Recently, we have been pleased to support Core Specialist Services Limited (CSS) by evaluating the quality of formation water compositions before they are used in core studies.

This work has involved (a) identification of uncertainties in these compositions arising from sampling and analysis conditions, (b) constraining/estimating more appropriate compositions where necessary, and (c) providing compositions that will be stable for laboratory studies.

The evaluations have been well received by CSS Clients and CSS are now offering this as a routine service option.  Please see the CSS website for more details.

New paper published in SPE Production and Operations….

 

The paper entitled “Johan Sverdrup Field – Origin of sulphate-rich formation water and impact on scale management strategy” (co-authored with Kari Ramstad, Henriette Dorthea Aarrestad, Siv Kari Lien, Øystein Sæther, and Rita Iren Johnsen of Statoil ASA) has now been published in SPE Production and Operations (preprint).   View here….

Links for newly presented papers now available….

 

Links for papers co-authored by Ross McCartney that were presented at the SPE International Oilfield Scale Conference and Exhibition in Aberdeen on 11-12 May 2016 are now available:

  • High Pb and Zn Concentrations in Formation Water From the Culzean Field: Real or Artefact?” (co-authored with Stuart Brice and Andrew Chalmers of Maersk Oil North Sea UK Ltd).  View here….
  • Johan Sverdrup Field – Origin of sulphate-rich formation water and impact on scale management strategy (co-authored with Kari Ramstad, Henriette Dorthea Aarrestad, Siv Kari Lien, Øystein Sæther, and Rita Iren Johnsen of Statoil ASA).  View here….

Papers accepted for Oilfield Scale Conference, Aberdeen, May 2016

 

Two case study papers co-authored by Ross McCartney have been accepted for presentation at the SPE International Oilfield Scale Conference and Exhibition in Aberdeen next May.

The first is entitled “High Pb and Zn Concentrations in Formation Water From the Culzean Field: Real or Artefact?” and is co-authored with Stuart Brice and Andrew Chalmers of Maersk Oil North Sea UK Ltd (view abstract here).

The second is co-authored with Kari Ramstad, Henriette Dorthea Aarrestad, Siv Kari Lien, Øystein Sæther, and Rita Iren Johnsen of Statoil ASA and is entitled “Johan Sverdrup Field – Origin of sulphate-rich formation water and impact on scale management strategy” (view abstract here).

Links to the papers will be posted after they have been presented.

McCartney et al. (2015) now available for download

The paper by McCartney et al. (2015) (‘Reactive transport modelling of mud filtrate invasion during drilling and application to mud contamination corrections on formation water analyses’), presented at the 26th International Oilfield Chemistry Symposium, Geilo, Norway, 22-25 March, is now available for download from our website.

LPS presentation now available for download

The presentation given by Ross McCartney (‘Are your formation water analyses representative?’) at the London Petrophysical Society Seminar, “Reservoir Fluids”, 11th December 2014, is now available for download from our website.