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Complex research of the Bazhenov shale

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A.V. Postnikov, I.S. Gutman, O.V. Postnikova, K.Yu. Olenova, I.I. Khasanov, A.S. Kuznetsov, G.N. Potemkin (Gubkin Russian State University of Oil and Gas (National Research University), RF, Moscow)
Different-scale investigations of geological heterogeneity of Bazhenov formation in terms of hydrocarbon potential evaluation

Keywords: Bazhenov formation, lithology, hard-to-recover reserves, kerogen, fracturing
In the article actual different-scale lithological, petrophysical and geochemical investigations of the Bazhenov rocks are considered. The authors stated hierarchy levels of structure model including nano-, micro-, rock layer and zones. New methods of investigation are described, specifically microstructure modeling. As a result, it was found that the rocks of Bazhenov formation have two types of kerogen distribution on microstructure level. The first type is characterized by even kerogen distribution as tiny aggregates in mineral intergrain space. In the second type kerogen gathered in restricted aggregates lenticular-layer shape.The main components are silica, clay, carbonate and kerogen. The rock layer consists of these components and it is a base of section zone determination.Section zones are different in texture and contents of rocks included, and in porosity types, reservoir types that give an opportunity for hydrocarbon potential evaluation. The lower zone has intercalation of kerogen-clay and clay-kerogen silicite, the upper part has an interval build of kerogen-clay-carbonate and clay-carbonate-kerogen silicite. In the lower part of middle zone clay-kerogen and kerogen-clay silicite are prevalent, in the upper part of zone interval of kerogen-clay-carbonate and clay-carbonate-kerogen silicite are found. In the upper zone of section kerogen-clay-carbonate and clay-carbonate-kerogen silicite are prevalent.


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vertical zonation of Bazhenov formation in relation to resources evaluation

(In Russ.), Nedropol'zovanie XXI vek, 2016, no. 6, pp. 8087.

DOI: 10.24887/0028-2448-2017-3-8-11

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S.A. Borisenko (Arctic-GERS LLC, RF, Tver), N.N. Bogdanovich, E.V. Kozlova, M.Yu. Spasennykh (Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technologies, RF, Moscow), D.E. Zagranovskaya (Gazpromneft NTC LLC, RF, Saint-Petersburg)
Estimating lyophilic properties of the Bazhenov formation rocks by adsorption and NMR methods

Keywords: Bazhenov formation, wettability, nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR), kerogen, adsorption, laboratory core analysis

The idea of Bazhenov formation rocks wettability evolution held from hydrophilic mudstones to hydrophobic rocks. In addition, the conclusion of hydrophobicity was often based on solid organic matter in large quantities contained in Bazhenov formation rocks cannot be hydrophilic. Usual petrophysical studies in these rocks are concerned with great difficulties, so we have to find some innovative solutions. In this case, the five wells core material was tested on lyophilic properties by adsorption of water vapor. The results were very surprising: the entire section is either hydrophilic or neutral.

The problem of wettability determination is that the hydrophobization ratio is defined, in fact, as the difference amount of adsorbed water. Therefore, it can be assumed that a significant kerogen presence in the organic-matrix will produce stable values near zero of hydrophobic coefficient by adsorption method. In other words, the amount of water adsorbed on the extracted and not extracted surface will not differ radically, i.e. hydrophobic ratio will indicate surface hydrophilicity, while possible real hydrophobicity

To solve this problem the core material of two wells was complex investigated by nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) with different fluid saturation: water and kerosene. The incremental spectra analyzed jointly to identify the preferential wettability by the spectrum shift to the short relaxation times. For easy comparison, the wettability coefficient based on the mean log times was designed to characterize the position of the spectra from each other. As a result, the distributions of wettability coefficient were obtained for two wells of the same deposit. One of it was corresponded to the adsorption method, the other - neutral or light-hydrophobic wetting throughout the section. In this case, an effect of organic matter influence is presented. Organic matter can be either solid or liquid. The amount of free organic material increases with the degree of organic matrix maturity that revealed in the different wells, even in a single field.

The estimation of kerogen content in mineral matrix of Bazhenov formation rocks was made by NMR and X-ray diffraction methods in comparison with results of geochemical technique. This model will clarify petrophysical data interpretation of NMR logging.


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E.V. Kozlova, M.Yu.Spasennykh (Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology, RF, Moscow), G.A. Kalmykov (Lomonosov Moscow State University, RF, Moscow), I.S. Gutman, G.N. Potemkin (Gubkin Russian State University of Oil and Gas (National Research University), RF, Moscow), A.D. Alekseev (Gazpromneft NTC LLC, RF, Saint-Petersburg)
Balance of the petroleum hydrocarbon compounds in pyrolyzed organic matter of the Bazhenov formation

Keywords: pyrolysis, Bazhenov Formation, hydrocarbons, asphaltenes
Pyrolysis investigations of organic matter in the rocks are the basis for geochemical characteristics of source rocks and determination of modeling parameters for generation processes in the petroleum basins. Data obtained on Rock-Eval (Vinci Technologies), HAWK (Wildcat Technologies) instruments and other pyrolyzer modifications contains information on amount of organic carbon in the rocks, hydrocarbon generation during thermal history and the maturity of organic matter. The standard interpretation of Rock-Eval pyrolysis data is not suitable for Bazhenov formation in the rocks rich in organic material (amount of organic carbon reaches 20%), which has low porosity and low permeability, and contains a significant amount of adsorbed petroleum hydrocarbons. Pyrolitic peak S2 contains products of the kerogen cracking, but also it is complicated by the presence of agglomerates which consist of resins, asphaltenes and paraffin-naphthenic hydrocarbons, and subdivides into S2a and S2b peaks before and after extraction (S2ex). A qualitative characteristics and quantity of liquid and gaseous pyrolitic products estimation by combining pyrolysis, extraction with organic solvents and pyrolysis after extraction for Bazhenov formation of Western Siberia are proposed. Comparison of pyrolysis and chemical-bituminological data for Bazhenov formation allows receiving more accurate information on petroleum generative potential of kerogen and distribution of groups of the hydrocarbon components (where hydrocarbon gases play an important role) in the sedimentary sequence. The ratio of gas, light and heavy petroleum hydrocarbons and heteroatomic compounds are different in the sedimentary sections characterized by different maturity of organic matter. Increasing of organic matter thermal maturity in a range from immature to the end of oil window zone is accompanied by decreasing of the kerogen cracking products from 90 to 10-25%. In extractable compounds the catagenetic maturation shows decrease in proportion of the asphaltenes and increase of light hydrocarbons.


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Yu.A. Popov, E.Yu. Popov, E.M. Chekhonin, A.V. Gabova, R.A. Romushkevich, M.Yu. Spasennykh (Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology, RF, Moscow), D.E. Zagranovskaya (Gazpromneft NTC LLC, RF, Saint-Petersburg)
Investigation of Bazhenov formation using thermal core logging technique

Keywords: thermal logging, Bazhenov formation, geomechanics
Fast continuous non-contact profiling of rock thermal conductivity tensor components (along and perpendicular to the bedding) and volumetric heat capacity on cores within the intervals of the Bazhenov formation depths has been performed for 8 wells drilled in Krasnoleninskiy arch (Palyanovskoye field), Priobskoye upland (South Priobskoye field), Nizhnevartovskiy arch (Orekhovo-Ermakovskoye and Yuzhnoye oilfields), and Vyngoyakhskiy bank (Vyngoyakhskoye oilfield) of West Siberia. The profiling has been done in core storages at full set of recovered cores from Bazhenov fm. without preliminary machining process and any core destruction, with full preservation of core collections. Spatial resolution of thermal conductivity profiling is about 1-2 mm, it provides detalization of the structure of thin geological objects like Bazhenov fm. The total volume of the studied core collections was about 2400 cores, that significantly exceeds the volume of previously studied cores from low-permeable reservoirs. Thermal core logging data has been converted to detailed profiles of total organic carbon, sonic velocities, elastic moduli (Youngs modulus and Poissons ratio), natural radioactivity, density, and acoustic anisotropy (Tomsens parameter) with the help of the original techniques of thermal core logging data processing. Obtained data set of Bazhenov fm. rock properties is important for basin and petroleum system modeling, hydrodynamic modeling of thermal EOR methods, efficiency assessment, design and optimization of hydrocarbon recovery methods, geology structure investigations, estimation of petroleum reserves, and geomechanical modeling. Continuous high-resolution thermal profiling can replace or complement core scratching for heterogeneity rock analysis and for geomechanical properties estimation.


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I.S. Gutman, G.N. Potemkin, A.V. Postnikov, O.V. Postnikova (Gubkin Russian State University of Oil and Gas (National Research University), RF, Moscow), E.V. Kozlova (Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology, RF, Moscow), A.D. Alekseev, I.A. Karpov (Gazpromneft NTC LLC, RF, Saint-Petersburg)
Methodical approaches to the reserves and resources estimation of Bazhenov formation

Keywords: volumetric method, geochemistry, Rock-Eval, hard-to-recover reserves, petroleum reserves and resources estimation, Bazhenov formation

The article concerns the problem of quantitative hydrocarbons evaluation of Bazhenov formation itself. Geological features of formation are defined basing on integrated multy-scale study. The formation has complex mineral a lithological composition and void media and it has vertical heterogeneity. Three zonal intervals could be allocated for studied area using lithological, geophysical, petrophysical and geochemical data. In the context of development by proven technology, the most important objects are fine-grained siliceous and carbonate layers located in middle and lower zonal intervals and layers with high concentration of pelecypod shells in middle interval.

Differentiation of estimation target in reliance on dominated petroleum occurrence forms is crucial for the concerning formation. Different approaches should be implemented for similar to traditional reservoirs intervals, for rocks containing petroleum in isolated porosity, and for source rocks. Quantitive reserves and resources estimations of kerogen-containing rocks based on pyrolytic parameters should be controlled by volumetric method of evaluation. Objective reserves values could be obtained using pyrolysis before and after extraction and consider dependence between parameters and sample volume.

Volumetric method should be applied for the traditional reservoirs within Bazhenov formation, and it is possible to use pyrolytic estimates for stimulated rocks. We recommend that reserves categories should be defined for the both types of rocks in accordance with RF Classification (2013), but with some specifications described in the article.


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Working out and operation of oil deposits

T.M. Bondarenko, E.Yu. Popov, A.N. Cheremisin, E.V. Kozlova (Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology, RF, Moscow), I.A. Karpov, N.V. Morozov (Gazpromneft NTC LLC, RF, Saint-Petersburg)
Laboratory modeling of high-pressure air injection in oil fields of Bazhenov formation

Keywords: Bazhenov formation, combustion tube, high-pressure air injection, combustion front, kerogen
Laboratory experiment in combustion tube was conducted to evaluate the potential of the high-pressure air injection method and to determine the main parameters of combustion process in the source rocks of the Bazhenov formation. This study is designed for physical modeling of oil recovery from the reservoir in high-pressure combustion tube. Core pack consisted of rock samples of various forms from several fields in Western Siberia and was saturated with dead oil from selected Bazhenov formation producing wells. Oil ignited readily after preheating of ignition zone of combustion tube up to 200 C. During the process, gas composition was monitored to assess the intensity of the oxidation reactions. Produced oil samples composition was analyzed and pyrolysis analysis of rock chips prior to and after the chemical and thermal exposure was done. As a result, several exothermic peaks in each of the tube sections were observed, which might corresponds to the combustion of initial oil, synthetic oil and kerogen. Due to the combustion front propagation, the total residual oil saturation in the core pack was 2%. Minimal residual oil saturation was observed in zones that the combustion front has passed through. Maximum oil saturation corresponds to the areas in front of the combustion front. Conversion of kerogen was observed ahead of the combustion front. The maximum temperature that was achieved as a result of the exothermic combustion reactions, was 463 C. Results indicated a high potential of high-pressure air injection based method for the development of Bazhenov formation deposits.


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T.M. Bondarenko, A.Z. Mukhametdinova, E.Yu. Popov, A.N. Cheremisin (Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology, RF, Moscow), A.G. Kalmykov (Lomonosov Moscow State University, RF, Moscow), I.A. Karpov (Gazpromneft NTC LLC, RF, Saint-Petersburg)
Analysis of changes in Bazhenov formation rock properties as a result of high-pressure air injection based on laboratory modelling data

Keywords: Bazhenov formation, combustion tube, high-pressure air injection, reservoir properties, nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR), thermal conductivity, coefficient of anisotropy, kerogen
To assess the effectiveness of high-pressure air injection into layers of the Bazhenov formation and to analyze changes in properties of rocks under chemical and thermal exposure during experiment, the main experiment of air injection in the combustion tube and a number of additional studies of samples packed were carried out. A series of additional experiments included: a study of cylindrical samples in NMR relaxometer to obtain saturation profiles along the core samples prior to and after the experiment in the combustion tube; thermal conductivity measurements for evaluation of their changes as a result of the combustion front propagation through the samples; measurements of porosity and permeability of the cylindrical samples to assess changes in reservoir properties under chemical and thermal exposure. Integration of studies listed above has allowed to determine the dynamics of the physical and chemical state of rock samples prior to and after exposure. Porosity and permeability of samples after combustion front propagation significantly increased, while the porosity of some samples reached 32%, and permeability reached 5.77 mD. The results of measurements of the thermal properties indicated the displacement and oxidation of hydrocarbons in the cylindrical samples. Due to the low thermal conductivity of air that fills the voids formed, thermal conductivity of samples decreased. Due to the cracking thermal conductivity anisotropy of the samples increased. By analyzing saturation profiles one can assess the progress of the combustion front propagation through the samples. In all samples studied, a decrease of NMR porosity indicated the organic matter conversion.


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E.Yu. Popov, A.N. Cheremisin (Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology, RF, Moscow), L.A. Kulikov (Lomonosov Moscow State University, RF, Moscow), I.A. Karpov (Gazpromneft NTC LLC, RF, Saint-Petersburg)
Evaluation of changes in Bazhenov rocks porosity and permeability in a process of hydrothermal treatment modeling

Keywords: Bazhenov formation, rock porosity and permeability, hydrothermal treatment, kerogen, solid organic matter conversion

During thermal impact with water or overheated steam on formation, kerogen thermal conversion can be initiated in the rock containing solid organic matter. At the first stage of this transformation liquids and gases, formed during the conversion, occupy the former kerogen volume. Subsequently water substitutes hydrocarbons in the pore volume. So the sophisticated process of rock pore space transformation occurs with changing porosity and permeability and it essentially depends on heating rate and exposure periods. Porosity and permeability are some of the most crucial and sensitive parameters of rock in numerical modelling of thermal enhanced oil recovery (EOR) methods. Experimental studies were conducted first on crushed and then on cylindrical Bazhenov formation core samples to obtain porosity and permeability changes at different exposure periods. The influence of heating rates and sizes of rock chips on the amount of hydrocarbons produced in the tests was evaluated. Time dependencies of porosity and permeability of Bazhenov formation cores were obtained from the tests conducted at 350 and 25 MPa. The experiments show that application of hydrothermal treatment method allows to improve filtration properties of Bazhenov formation cores. The results are to be applied to the numerical model of reservoir development with thermal EOR. It was determined that the results of the experiments conducted on cylindrical core samples significantly differ from the observed effects among crushed cores, both in terms of changes in porosity and permeability characteristics and the amount of the recovered synthetic hydrocarbons.


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A.V. Bochkarev, S.A. Budennyy, R.N. Nikitin, D.A. Mitrushkin, A.A. Erofeev (MIPT Center for Engineering and Technologies, RF, Moscow), V.V. Zhukov (Gazpromneft NTC LLC, RF, Saint-Petersburg
Optimization of multi-stage hydraulic fracturing design in conditions of Bazhenov formation

Keywords: multi-stage hydraulic fracturing, natural fractures, hard-to-recover reserves, Bazhenov deposits, unconventional resources

This article aims to overview the prototype software for multi-stage hydraulic fracturing (MHF) design treatment. It includes HF simulator and reservoir simulator. Both of them are adapted for Bazhenov formation features such as high geological heterogeneity, vertical stress anisotropy, natural fractures, and extremely low permeability. Technological process features are also considered. As multistage hydraulic fracturing is of interest the issue of stress shadow effect and pressure distribution within the wellbore are considered.

The core of MHF module is based on cell-based pseudo-3D model with equilibrium-height growth regime, which is chosen for its reasonable accordance between accuracy and speed of numerical calculation. The hydraulic fracturing module allows setting an arbitrary design treatment (fluid and proppant properties, pumping schedule), lithology and well construction. Fracture geometry, mechanics of flow with proppant must be taken into account for proper fracture design and evaluation of packed fracture width profile. During the treatment, concentration of proppant near the fracture tip often increases causing tip screen out and making further fracture growth impossible. These aspects of fracture growth are implemented in MHF module. Once the fracture growth (with its sequent closure) is simulated, the MHF geometry may be transferred into the module for reservoir simulation in a straightforward way to calculate the inflow.

Thereby, the software allows following the HF design treatment workflow: both modules may be used in a joint way. In this article two cases are discussed: single fracture growth modelling and multi-stage hydraulic fracturing modelling.


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Darcy flow numerical simulation and pressure/Rate

transient analysis for ultra-low permeable reservoirs,

SPE 171174-MS, 2014.

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E.Yu. Popov, T.M. Bondarenko (Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology), S.A. Dobrovolskaya, A.G. Kalmykov (Lomonosov Moscow State University), N.V. Morozov (Gazpromneft NTC LLC, RF, Saint-Petersburg), Erofeev A.A. (MIPT Center for Engineering and Technologies, RF, Moscow)
The potential of tertiary methods application for unconventional hydrocarbon systems exposure on the example of Bazhenov formation

Keywords: Bazhenov formation, tertiary methods for oil production stimulation, high-pressure air injection, carbon dioxide injection, kerogen cracking, generation potential

This work is devoted to estimate the potential impact of tertiary methods for unconventional low-permeable hydrocarbon system on the example of the Bazhenov formation. Carbone dioxide (CO2) or water injection under high temperature, pyrolysis in inert atmosphere and thermal front produced by the combustion of fluid are considered as tertiary methods. Experiments have shown that after the injection of CO2 at low temperatures (up to 300 C) only hydrocarbon compounds desorption occurs. Significant improvement of the oil recovery with CO2 injection can be achieved by application of CO2 flood and cyclic injection. During experiments of heating rock samples in the presence of water in closed system synthetic oil can be produced. By varying the experimental conditions the maximum yield of oil achieved. The experimental studies show good opportunity to vary the composition of the recovered synthetic oil by changing temperature and exposure time in this method of solid organic matter conversion. An experiment of high-pressure air injection (combustion) into Bazhenov formation core model gets the maximal conversion value of the solid organic matter. Main condition to initiate the in-situ combustion is a preliminary broad fracturing in the low-permeable formation. A significant increase in porosity (up to 30%) in the samples was obtained in high air injection test. However, in the presence of oxygen uncontrolled temperature increase may occur resulting in combustion of some products (initial fuel and synthetic oil). Increasing of the porosity and permeability was also observed after pyrolysis in an inert atmosphere. Growth of cracks in the rock improves the properties of reservoir rocks, but after pyrolysis only gaseous hydrocarbon compounds were obtained.

Experiments carried out in this work shown a high potential of tertiary methods, particularly cracking in the presence of water or as a result of the combustion front, for the increase of oil production in Bazhenov formation and probably in other high-carbon formations. Experiments on rock samples heating in the presence of water or with the combustion front showed the role of experimental conditions on the process and demonstrated the necessity of parameters control in order to achieve a high yield of oil products from the rocks of the Bazhenov formation.


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deposits with hard-to-recover and unconventional oil reserves): thesis

of doctor of technical science, Moscow, 2010.

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Drilling of chinks

A.A. Klimenko (Oil and Gas Production Department Komsomolskneft, RF, Surgut)
Application of advanced technologies of the the Konitlorskoye field productive reservoirs exposure

Keywords: horizontally drainhole well, multilateral well, multihole well, branches cutting in horizontal cased borehole

The geological service of Oil and Gas Production Department Komsomolskneft of Surgutneftegas OAO introduces new technologies, which often have no analogues in Russia. There are technologies of underbalanced drilling elongations and branches using coiled tubing equipment (continuous pipe) and drilling multilateral wells among them. Horizontally branched boreholes drilling allow to increase zonally the oil recovery factor, ensuring a more efficient inflow of oil from the reservoir and, in general, improving the quality of field development management.

The article presents new well construction technologies, used in Komsomolskneft, including at drilling additional boreholes in operated wells. Based on the existing experience in the construction of wells, a brief overview of the main designs and schemes of the used technologies is given: multilateral and multihole wells drilled using various methods of exposing producing horizons. The analysis of advantages and disadvantages of well designs used in the developed fields is performed. Recommendations are given on the choice of methods and their combinations, taking into account the geological features of the operation objects structure. The efficiency of construction of multilateral and multihole wells is substantiated due to reduction of the operating well stock, which is to construct on the developing fields. The actual data on yield of wells of various designs depending on the measure action duration are given.
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Working out and operation of oil deposits

Yu.K. Tsiku (Oil and Gas Production Department Komsomolskneft, RF, Surgut)
Method for monitoring and controlling the development of multi-layer objects in case of multiple-zone selective completion

Keywords: multi-layer field, multiple-zone selective completion, development control, control valve, well testing

For the effective operation of multi-layered objects, the field-geophysical data, obtained during the development of these objects, are necessary. The use of layout plans for, multiple-zone selective completion implies the possibility of creating a separate drawdown for each layer, up to a complete separation of one of them. This allows to keep separate account of well production for simultaneously working layers. If the layout plans of the simultaneous-separate operation are equipped with a multi-sensor system for registration of reservoir parameters, then apart separate accounting of production, it is possible real-time monitoring of the down hole equipment operation, the state of the bottom hole formation zone, as well as the operation of the layers at various drawdown creating on them.

A layout plan is proposed for obtaining information on each operating layer with placement of pressure and temperature sensors in the well at the layers cap. This design will allow the operation of well that drill in three layers or more. At that it is assumed complete automation with the control station setting to close the valves with the necessary regularity and fixing separately the parameters of the layer operation in the automatic mode. The proposed layout plan allows to control and regulate the drawdown created on the layers. Well survey is conducted without down hole equipment lifting.

The technology of research on steady state and non-steady filtration modes with the use of the proposed layout plan is considered. The application of these technologies allows to determine the production rate and water cutting of well production for each layer at a given drawdown, the production indexes for layers and well at the joint operation of the layers, the layer conductivity, the permeability, the skin factor and the current reservoir pressures of the objects under study. This makes it possible to control the state of development of a multi-layer field at a qualitatively new level and with a large sweep ratio.


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vyrabotki zapasov mnogoplastovykh obektov pri odnovremennorazdelnoy

ekspluatatsii (na primere Russkinskogo mestorozhdeniya) (Research

and development of methods of control and optimization of the

development of multilayer objects reserves during simultaneous-separate

operation (for example, Russkinskoye field)): thesis of candidate of technical

science, Moscow, 2015, 150 p.

2. Tsiku Yu.K., Zakharov I.V., Experience and prospects of simultaneouslyseparate

development of multilayer fields of Oil and Gas Production Department

Komsomolskneft (In Russ.), Neftyanoe khozyaystvo = Oil Industry,

2012, no. 8, pp. 5254.

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investigations of multilayer objects (In Russ.), Neftyanoe

khozyaystvo = Oil Industry, 2006, no. 4, pp. 8082.

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i tekhnologii gidrodinamicheskogo modelirovaniya neftyanykh

i gazovykh zalezhey (Information support and technologies of hydrodynamic

modeling of oil and gas deposits), Moscow Izhevsk: Publ. of Institute

of Computer Science, 2012, 896 p.

5. Kremenetskiy M.I., Ipatov A.I., Gidrodinamicheskie i promyslovo-tekhnologicheskie

issledovaniya skvazhin (Hydrodynamic and oil field and technological

research of wells), Moscow: MAKS Press Publ., 2008, 476 p.

6. Deeva T.A., Kamartdinov M.R., Kulagina T.E. et al., Gidrodinamicheskie

issledovaniya skvazhin: Analiz i interpretatsiya dannykh (Well test: analysis

and interpretation of data), Tomsk: Publ. of TPU, 2009, 240 p.

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Technics and technology of oil recovery

I.M. Gallyamov, A.F. Chernov (Oil and Gas Production Department Komsomolskneft, RF, Surgut)
Increasing the pressure of local water injection in the stratum at deposit sites with low-permeability or far from cluster pumping stations

Keywords: injection pressure increase, maintenance of reservoir pressure, bores-pits

At present Oil and Gas Production Department Komsomolskneft of Surgutneftegaz OAO has a stock of injection wells, mainly located at far from the cluster pumping stations sites, intake capacity of which could not be increased by existing methods. One way to increase the intake capacity of such wells is to increase the pressure of the working agent injection into the stratum. However, the injection pressure increase from the cluster pumping stations throughout the whole system of high-pressure water conduits leads to a number of negative consequences. Owing to the low efficiency of the centralized system for maintaining reservoir pressure due to the considerable distance of the cluster sites from the cluster pumping stations, the pits are widely used in Komsomolskneft. At pit using the injected liquid is fed from a high-pressure water conduit to the annular space of the pit, at first it goes to the pump intake, then under increased pressure - to the input of the water distributing unit.

740 injection wells with a low intake capacity were covered by increased injection pressure in Komsomolskneft on 01.10.16. Cumulative additional oil production amounted to 1161.3 thousand tons.

The use of pits makes it possible to reduce the specific costs of electricity for pumping water into the stratum, investing capital in the construction of high-pressure water conduits, improve their reliability and environmental safety, and ensure compliance with the design parameters of field development. The disadvantage of this technology is the lack of mobility, large costs for implementation.

The proposed scheme is not the only way to increase the injection pressure used in the enterprise. The choice of this or that way of increasing the injection pressure depends on many factors and is determined by the calculation of the economic efficiency of the measures implementation.


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The oil-field equipment

M.V. Konovalov, V.V. Vyatkin, D.N. Melnik, D.V. Shkolenko (Oil and Gas Production Department Komsomolskneft, RF, Surgut)
Ensuring stable constant duty operation of an electric submersible pump in marginal wells using control stations with a frequency converter and AC electric motor

Keywords: marginal well stock, electric submersible pump (ESP), control station with variable frequency drive, AC electric motor, bringing the well on a stable production

The problems of constant duty operation of electric centrifugal pump units in marginal wells are considered. The causes of electric submersible pumps (ESP) units starvation are analyzed. The necessity of applying new technologies and technical solutions is shown. One of the rational ways is to use additional equipment: control stations with a frequency converter and AC electric motors for bringing wells on a stable production. The methods of bringing marginal wells (with production rate of less than 20 m3/day) and methods for selecting electric centrifugal pump units with AC electric motors are considered.

It is shown that the technique of maintaining a given frequency of the ESP unit does not always allow the well to be brought to a stable production, because the pump starvation occurred from insufficient thrust of the electric submersible installation.

The technique for calculating the running current, corresponding to the technological parameters of the well operation, on the basis of head and flow rate of ESP units is presented. The application of this technique allows to reduce the time of bringing the well to a stable production and to increase oil output.

If the electric submersible unit fails, it is suggested to use a technique, developed on the basis of a change in the pump head and flow rate depending on the engine shaft speed. The ESP units, supplied with the AC electric motor, have a head margin, which allows marginal wells operation using frequency regulation. According to this technique, knowing the inflow rate at a certain dynamic level, we can determine the type of pump to be lowered into the well. An example of equipment selection for three types of ESP units, equipped with AC electric motors, is given.

The possibility of applying the proposed methods is confirmed by the results of the tests, carried out at the Oil and Gas Production Department Komsomolskneft fields.


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Drilling of chinks

K.A. Meshcheriakov Konstantin, N.A. Liadova, S.E. Iliasov, S.V. Suntsev, G.P. Molodilo (PermNIPIneft Branch of LUKOIL-Engineering LLC in Perm, RF, Perm), V.A. Iatsenko (LUKOIL-PERM LLC, RF, Perm)
Planning and construction of the exploration extended-reach well on Rostovitskoye oil field

Keywords: exploration extended-reach well; commercial speed increasing; planning
Thick sequence of potassium salt occurrence with commercial value on a global scale is a feature of the geological structure of the north of the Perm region. Construction of the wells within Verkhnekamskoye potash-magnesium field (VPMF) requires compliance of the restrictions relating to the profile of the well, the drilling and cementing slurries in the range of their occurrence. Due to the fact that the Rostovitskoye oil field is located under the VPMF, a course of holes has a vertical section of almost 1000 meters, followed by a set of a zenith angle and then well goes under the protected zone of potash (a departure fr om the mouth well of more than 3000 m). The potential risks considering the peculiarities of the geological structure and the large distances during the well construction have been considered before the start of the design for the formation of the technological measures. As a result of the successful implementation of design solutions during the construction of exploration well No. 102 the high commercial speed (1449 m/months per 1 oil-rig) was achieved. The potential shortening of the well construction was identified according to the results of the drilling: choosing insulation technology of the full acquisitions areas, range of the bits for the silicified rocks drilling and boring heads, providing high mechanical speeds of the drilling and tunneling.


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the sidetrack from the small diameter well (In Russ.), Neftyanoe khozyaystvo =

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R.A. Gasumov, I.A. Vinnichenko, V.Y. Dubenko, N.G. Fedorov, (SevKavNIPIgaz JSC, RF, Stavropol)
General principles of modeling operation of a vibrating hammer when removing stuck pipes

Keywords: vibration-impact device, self-braking, the angle of internal friction, false fluidization, impact momentum (impact), the coefficient of restitution, the frequency, overdrawing

The article is devoted to modeling the processes associated with the work of the vibration-percussion mechanism to eject stuck pipes due to small fragment rock (sand) while drilling and workover.

Extractable assembly in most cases is stuck with reservoir sand or gravel. Attempts to retrieve it by simple axial tension are ineffective. The reason for this self-braking effect of bodies which leads to the fact that the frictional force is greater than the axial force even for large quantities. Therefore, in practice downhole equipment is often drilled around extracting piecemeal. This technique requires a significant increase in time and cost of repair. Furthermore, the remaining part of the filter in the well cannot be removed because of the inability reconnection as they are in extensive cavity.

This article offers an alternative extraction confirmed with experimental studies and development testing. The self-braking mechanism of sand-stuck pipe under the action of axial tension is considered in the first place. The theoretical justification of the possibility of its removal from a medium depending on its physical characteristics is given. For example, it is theoretically possible to extract the assembly by axial force from the settled mud or well compressed sand. However, gravel filters are stuck with well compressed sand free of clay and extraction by the simple tension seems impossible. It is therefore proposed to impact the assembly with mechanical vibrations transforming gravel massif into a kind of liquid (false fluidization). In this regard, we studied the physical principles of the vibrator and vibrating hammer.  The difference between them is shown and theoretical explanation why a vibrator is less effective than vibrating hammer is given.  A mathematical model of the effect of a compression wave caused by the impact, on the stuck tool is offered as well as hydraulic calculation of vibrating hammer operation and its control parameters. The calculation is described with the help of well-known formulas for critical values of vibrating hammer parameters when its operation can cause destruction of the assembly the device.


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Working out and operation of oil deposits

A.F. Yartiev (TatNIPIneft, RF, Almetyevsk), A.G. Khabibrakhmanov (Oil and Gas Production Department Elkhovneft, RF, Almetyevsk), V.B. Podavalov (Oil and Gas Production Department Bavlyneft, RF, Bavly), A.I. Bakirov, (Kazan Branch of State Reserves Commission under Ministry of Natural Resources of the RF, RF, Moscow)
Cyclic water flooding of Bobric formation at Sabanchinskoye field

Keywords: oil field, Bobric formation, water cut of wellstream, development, oil production, cyclic water flooding, efficiency, net present value

The Sabanchinskoye oil field was discovered in 1963, commercial production started in 1973 with waterflooding. The carried out research allowed the several conclusions. In the Sabanchinskoye oil field characterized by complex geology and heterogeneity of oil reservoirs, a combined waterflooding system proved to be effective. This system involves perimeter waterflooding and regular waterflooding, in the latter, line drive waterflooding dominates. Line drive waterflooding of the Sabanchinskoye oil field Bobric formation makes it possible to maintain formation pressure at a level of 10 % of the original in-situ pressure, to attain the planned oil recovery in the drilled blocks, and to develop oil reserves from bottom to surface. Application of various EOR methods improved displacement efficiency and allowed drainage of by-passed zones. The fourth stage of the field development witnessed decrease of effectiveness of production enhancement operations. This means that the waterflooding process has to be optimized, cyclic waterflooding has to be considered, operation modes need to be changed, and innovation technologies have to be applied on a field scale.

Cyclic waterflooding was carried out in one experimental and five pilot blocks of the Sabanchinskoye field Bobric formation. The injection volumes were changed, and the period of half-cycle was extended to 20 days. For two years of pilot production, 35000 tons of additional oil were extracted, produced water decreased by 885200 tons.

For the first time since 1984, the production decline curve was on the up, and from the year-earlier period (2014), oil production from the field increased.


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neftyanoe mestorozhdenie: istoriya, analiz razrabotki, perspektivy (Sabanchinskoye

oil field: the history, development analysis, perspectives),

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oil deposit, Inventors: Bakirov I.M., Idiyatullina Z.S.,

Bakirov A.I., Ramazanov R.G., Nasybullin A.V., Vladimirov I.V.

DOI: DOI: 10.24887/0028-2448-2017-3-85-87

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A.F. Kosolapov, V.N. Pustovit (NPP VNIIGIS PAO, RF, Oktyabrsky)
New way of maximum allowable differential pressure definition

Keywords: maximum allowable depression, skin factor, core, hydropressure chamber, stress condition, elastic waves, memory of rock pressure, epigenesis
Traditionally effective differential pressure is determined to the maximum of an indicator diagram of flow rate fr om depression dependence. For reliable determination of the depression it is necessary to pass this maximum, significantly having lowered a flow rate and, therefore, to pass into the ultramundane condition of the formation permeability, i.e. to pass a point of no return, a skin factor. Irreversible decrease in the flow rate will remain also in case of the subsequent operation of a well. For elimination the skin factor is offered a new method of the maximum allowable depression determination not in the formation of the drilled exploitation well, and on the core, which is selected fr om this formation in earlier drilled next test hole and stored in the core storage (core storage time is unlimited). The method is implemented by removal of elastic waves distribution time dependence in the core sample fr om pore pressure in a hydropressure chamber with confining pressure, approximate to the reservoir under the conditions of its natural occurrence, and subsequent pressure estimating of the most admissible depression upon the formation on "memory" by a core pressure of the maximum paleo-immersion of formation layer in the period of their progressive epigenesis. Measurements are taken smoothly, reducing pore pressure to formation with a speed which isn't exceeding the speed of a relaxation rate of ultimate stress lim it in the core, of which judge by acoustic emission absence acoustic noise from mutual sliding of grains with formation crackling in the course of a core plastic deformation, in case of which there is a repacking of grains to consolidation of formation pore space and corresponding reduction of its permeability. At first sharp reduction of a change gradient of this dependence in case of plasticity lim it achievement and acoustic issue emergence judge about the value of the maximum allowable depression. This plasticity lim it means the achievement by the core of the stress condition, corresponding to the maximum depth of a paleo-immersion of formation layer.


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Tu Thanh Nghia, M.M. Veliev, Tran Quoc Khoi, A.N. Ivanov (Vietsovpetro JV, the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, Vung Tau)
Peculiarities of applying the technology for oil displacement by polymer solutions in stratified inhomogeneous bed of White Tiger field

Keywords: polymer flooding, stratified inhomogenous bed, fluids cross-flow, polymer layer, reservoir model, radioactively irradiated polymer, watersoluble compositions, mud pumping

Analysis of the status of the Lower Miocene development indicates the nonuniform oil reserves recovery in various areas of the reservoir. The oil recovery factor remains low, while the water-cut of the produced products increases. By means of increasing the displacing factor and areal sweep efficiency, the reservoir flooding technology based on polymer solutions allows significantly improve the production and economic performance of fields. The basis for the most implemented soluble polymers is polyacrylamide, which has limits in temperature (no higher than 90oC) and salinity (for mediums with low salinity). The indicated properties prevent the polyacrylamide-based polymer solutions from wide implementation in oil-field practices under conditions of Vietsovpetro JV.

To improve the oil-displacing factor during Lower Miocene flooding at White Tiger field the radio irradiated polymer systems and methods for their rheological and physical properties control were developed. Using of radioactive irradiation new polymer was synthesized. Its viscosity is much higher than the viscosity of the initial polymer.

Study of the temperature influence on the new polymer solution viscosity under various concentrations revealed that the polymer system viscosity has a tendency to decrease under temperature rise. In that way, the viscosity lowers 2 times under low concentration and reduces 4 times under high concentration with temperature variation from 30 to 90oC.


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E.A. Gladkov, E.G. Karpova, N.E. Pulkina (Tomsk Polytechnic University, RF, Tomsk), E.E. Gladkova (Western-Siberia Company LLC, RF, Tomsk)
The results of testing new technologies on Bazhenov suite

Keywords: Western Siberia, oil, Bazhenov formation, fracturing, new technologies, unconventional oil, the development of analysis
To assess development characteristics of Bazhenov formation the authors applied the new technology of hydraulic fracturing in wells, located in the South-Eastern part of Western Siberia. The new technology is based on use of composition, represented by 99.5% of fresh water and the other ingredients represented proppant decreased of friction, acid, clay stabilizer, etc. such a technology referred to as Slick Water. The peculiarity of the technology Slick Water is an injection of a large volume of water, reaching up to 900-1200 m3 at one stage of hydraulic fracturing. For experimental works we selected vertically drilled wells which discovered Bazhenov formation. In these wells according to the interpretation of well logging data we selected the most fragile intervals for the perforation before fracturing. Test results showed that Bazhenov formation reached the necessary maturity, formed liquid hydrocarbons, and can be developed. In the result of well No. 2 (area B) tests 6.7 m3 of oil and 402.5 m3 of water were produced, average watercut amounted to 98.3%, for well No. 1 (area A) 18 m3, 189.3 m3, 91.3% respectively. Wells performans demonstrated Bazhenov formation potential and the prospect of hydrocarbon production. We have to admit that at present in Russia there is no methodology to carry out the forecast distribution of zones of fracture in Bazhenov formation, for scheduling of drilling new wells, for which it is necessary to carry out a preliminary study of the distribution zones of fracture. Based on the results of the test we can conclude that in case of intermittent operation oil production rate will not exceed 2-3 tons if zones of abnormally high reservoir pressure are not drilled in.


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conversions of hydro-carbons (HC) pools (In Russ.), Burenie i

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DOI: DOI: 10.24887/0028-2448-2017-3-94-98

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Designing of arrangement of deposits

A.V. Antonov, Yu.V. Maksimov (Gazpromneft NTC LLC, RF, Saint-Petersburg), A.N. Korkishko (Tyumen Industrial University, RF, Tyumen)
daptability of building structures for oil and gas fields

Keywords: production technology, design documentation, standard design solutions, cost model, cost management, field development
Last years, low oil prices make oil and gas companies to become more flexible and competitive. This situation leads to the creation of research centers, and conduct technical expertise to carry out the decisions taken by the design organizations for the additional strength and metal structures for arrangement of oil and gas fields. The article considered the concept of adaptability of constructions and conclusions about the general conditions of technological design. Also it is shown the analysis of construction schemes of building structures. Preliminary evaluation of the constructions is based on comparing it with the specific quantity of metal of metal structural schemes of the same functionality. A detailed analysis is performed on the basis of the total cost of construction, including material costs, manufacturing design, logistics and installation cost. It is considered also criteria for the evaluation of the constructions solutions. The analysis of the optimal form of cross-sections for the design decisions was performed. We analyzed different ways of structures manufacture, such as the production at the site and prefabrication construction. The article presents the factors, which are affecting on the cost of construction forming in particular delivery costs of structures on the field and the cost of maintaining rotational camp. As a solution to the problem indicated in the article we determined the control of feasibility study of decisions taken by the design institute and the development of typical designs. The given method of calculation needs a few working time and it is based on the design and estimated pricing regulations and allow to solve the problem with high specific quantity of metal on the stage of design documentation development.


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Transport and oil preparation

G.H. Samigullin, AA Lyagova (Saint-Petersburg Mining University, RF, Saint-Petersburg)
Determination of the limiting sizes of crack-like defects in a wall of steel vertical tanks

Keywords: vertical steel tank, surface cracks, finite element method, stress intensity factor
This paper presents the results of numerical investigation of stress-strain state of the vertical steel tanks with longitudinally oriented cracks. The paper studies the cracks in the wall of vertical steel tanks with specified volume of 5000, 10000, 20000 and 30000 m3. Surface non-through cracks are one of the main causes of tank failure. The prognostication of the crack critical dimensions requires analytical expression for the K-calibration function. K-calibration function is the dependence taking into account the change in dimensions of a defect and defect orientation angle relatively to generatix of the tank. The calculation of the stress-intensity factor (SIF) of a surface longitudinally oriented crack located in the tank wall was performed using finite element method. The cracks with various dimensions were studied by generating global finite-element model of the tank and a sub-model of the tank ring with a crack. Curve Fitting Toolbox Matlab software was implemented to derive analytical expressions for K-calibration function of cracks with different shape located in the wall of vertical steel tank. All expressions for the K-calibration function are described by a polynominal function that allows estimating the critical size of a defect. The new program is created for calculation critical and threshold crack depth. The work results could be interesting for oil industry engineers.


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Ecological and industrial safety

L.V. Rudakova, M.V. Akhmadiev, V.G. Ryabov (Perm National Research Polytechnic University, RF, Perm)
Bioreactor technology for oil-contaminated soils remediation

Keywords: oil-contaminated soil, bioremediation, biodegradation, bioreactor

The main cause of oil pollution of soils is the emergency situations within oil production, transportation and processing in the boundaries of industrial sites of chemical and petrochemical industries. Oil pollution leads to the deterioration of the agrophysic soil characteristics, namely to the dysfunction of the water, air, thermal, oxidation-reduction and nutrient regimens. Thus, it is necessary to develop the effective methods of oil pollution elimination which permit to restore the original state of soils.

The long-term investigations` results of the bioremediation of oil-polluted soils in the control conditions of bioreactor are presented in the current article (namely the change of the microbiocoenosis within the process and agrophysic characteristics of refined soils). Received data are the base for the bioreactor construction which allows providing the necessary aeration regimen for substratum, preventing substratum` blocking property, securing optimal conditions of vital functions for hydrocarbon microorganisms.

The application of the bioreactor technology permitted to reduce the bioremediation terms to 6010 days in case of the soil pollution more than 90 g/kg, and to 205 days in case of pollution less than 40 g/kg. With the application of developed bioreactor the treatment efficiency made up 90,05% (in case of high level of soil pollution (more than 90 g/kg). In case of middle level pollution (less than 40 g/kg) the efficiency amounted to 70,010%.The realization of the developed bioreactor technology for the bioremediation is probable on any territory. This is determined by the bioremediation independence from the nature and climate factors of territory. Bioreactor technology is characterized by reduction of terms of bioremediation by increasing the rates of oxidation of hydrocarbons in a bioreactor in the 40-60 times.


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