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Houston Geological Society Bulletin


Houston Geological Society Bulletin, Volume 53, No. 01, September 21, 2010. Pages 43 - 43.

Abstract: Quantitative Allocation of Commingled Oil Production from 2-6 Pay Zones Using an Inexpensive Geochemical Technique

Mark McCaffrey

We have made significant improvements to the previously published methods for geochemical allocation of commingled oil production and/or commingled gas production. This new method has allowed allocation of commingled production from wells at less than 2-5% of the cost of production logging. Four case studies are shown here. In the first two studies, commingling of the wells was subject to approval by the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (AOGCC). Before agreeing to the use of geochemical allocation, the AOGCC required the well operator to perform multi-month trial studies in which the wells were monitored both by geochemical allocation and by production logging. The scientists performing the geochemical allocation were kept blind to the results of the production logging until the studies were completed. Close agreements between the geochemistry-based allocation values and the production-logging- based allocation values resulted in AOGCC approval of continued use of the geochemical method for oil production monitoring of these two wells. Two additional case studies presented here illustrate how geochemical allocation can be used to monitor the effects on production of (1) changes in water injection into nearby wells and (2) closing or opening perforations within a well.

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