Production Logging using Quantum Dots Tracers®

01.06.2017

Andrey GURIANOV, Alexander KATASHOV, Kirill OVCHINNIKOV

For the last decade, the global trend in the oilfield industry is to improve the oil and gas production by drilling as well as by completing horizontal well sand later on improving the process using multistage fracturing. Though the number of horizontal wells is rapidly increasing, the production of hydrocarbons is not always up to the designed volume. In this regard, acquiring the knowledge on the performance of producing intervals is an important task for operating companies to fully optimize the productivity and maximize the recovery as well. Production logging solutions proved to be efficient in vertical or slightly deviated wells, however, face many challenges in horizontal laterals as the logged section is often more than 20 times longer compared to vertical wells. Common factors that complicate the production logging are layered flow of formation fluid, deviation and accessibility of wellbore, and changes in fluid velocity moving past or through the tools.

Meanwhile, the quality of well completion and reservoir management decisions for production wells largely depends on production logging data such as mechanical flow meter and fluid capacitance surveys.

Until recently, there is no alternative to wire line downhole tools used to evaluate the placement of fracturing proppant or acids, production rate and zonal water breakthrough. These tools also monitor oil water contact.

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Full version of the article about this newest technology can be found in the recent issue of Coiled Tubing Times Journal.

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