Geomechanics optimizes field-development strategy of deep gas reservoir

Mahbub S. Ahmed*, Thomas Finkbeiner, Adnan A. Kannan

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Abstract

Saudi Aramco has embarked on drilling long horizontal and maximum-reservoir-contact wells in deep gas reservoirs. The regional stress is important in predicting wellbore stability and production performance. A detailed geomechanics study was made, and its results were, incorporated into the decision tree. The objectives were to find the optimum azimuth to place horizontal wells that would minimize the risk of hole breakouts, optimize drilling-mud weights, and ensure sustainable production under depletion mode.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)78-81
Number of pages4
JournalJPT, Journal of Petroleum Technology
Volume60
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 1 2008

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Fuel Technology
  • Industrial relations
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Strategy and Management

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