Integrated Petroleum Engineering - Geomechanics – Geophysics  – Next Generation Technology for the Petroleum Industry - IPEGG

University of Leeds, Rockfield Software Ltd, University of Bristol

Sponsors:- BG, BP, ENI, Statoil

Prediction of wellbore stability, reservoir compaction, fault stability during production and whether or not to conduct 4D seismic surveys requires more thorough integration of petroleum engineering, geomechanics and geophysics. Here we propose to conduct such a multidisciplinary study in which coupled fluid flow – geomechanical models are used to predict reservoir behaviour (i.e. stress changes, compaction, fault reactivation) during production. We also propose to use these models to assess the usefulness of applying sophisticated passive (microseismic data) and active source (e.g. AVOA) geophysical techniques to monitor stress changes in the reservoir.

A key part of the integrated study will be to assess how geophysical indicators of stress distributions within reservoirs can be integrated with coupled-stress fluid flow models to predict reservoir behaviour.

The study brings together world leading research groups in reservoir deformation, applied geophysics and finite element analysis applied to geo- and civil engineering.

For more info, please visit the IPEGG web page (hosted by Leeds University).

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