SPE Virtual Distinguished Lecturer – Are Traditional Laboratory Reservoir Fluid Characterizations Superior to Down Hole In Situ Digital Samples? The Results May Surprise You!
08 Dec 2021, from 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Are Traditional Laboratory Reservoir Fluid Characterizations Superior to Down Hole In Situ Digital Samples? The Results May Surprise You!
The historic workflow is predicated on acquiring clean, representative aliquots of formation fluids with sufficient spatial sampling density from ideal locations. If these conditions are unmet then conservative evaluation assumptions force increased capital expenditures to mitigate the wider uncertainty. Also, conservative estimates of production potential may lead to bypassed pay. However, downhole fluid analysis, originally intended to improve sampling statistics, now may directly provide a superior workflow through digital sampling. Digital sampling acquires chemical and physical downhole fluid information without physical sampling thereby allowing superior spatial density. New digital sampling workflows can better accomplish the historic goals and when combined with a few physical samples, can provide superior EOS characterization. We should adopt new workflows to prioritize digital sampling relative to physical sampling.