SPE 124857 - A Unified, Multidisciplinary Approach to the Planning and Design of Deepwater Waterflooding Projects

2009 Abstract, Fady R. Chaban, SPE, GATE LLC; Mukul M. Sharma, SPE, and Ajay Suri, SPE, University of Texas at Austin; and Grant Gibson, SPE, GATE LLC

 Today and in the future many of the deepwater projects in the Gulf of Mexico and elsewhere around the world will be producing under waterflooding conditions to increase hydrocarbon recovery and support reservoir pressure. The success of the water injection program is critical to the overall project economics. As such a clear methodology, workflow and attention to detail are needed in the planning, design and implementation of these projects.

This paper presents an integrated and practical approach for implementation at the Front End Engineering Design (FEED) stage of a project to optimize the future field development strategy, injectors design, facilities planning, and to maximize the total value of the asset. The proposed method efficiently interconnect elements related to surface facilities, topsides process, subsea architecture, subsurface equipment, water quality, well completion, down-hole flow controls and target injection rates in a common context.

Source: SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition, 4-7 October 2009, New Orleans, Louisiana

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