Energy and Environment

Optimal water flooding based on natural water tracer data

A compact program for analysis, quality control, method development and application development involving the use of natural water chemistry and isotopes for reservoir monitoring purposes.

The project contains a compact program for analysis, quality control, method development and application development involving the use of natural water chemistry and isotopes for reservoir monitoring purposes. If successful the project will make an important contribution to a total water tracing concept, where especially the universal availability in space and time of natural tracers will add a large amount of information to water flooding at all stages of production. Improved mapping of water system behaviour during production is likely to result in several benefits, such as: early breakthrough warning, better prognosis for water cut, improved understanding of water flood, prediction of scaling and inhibitor use, more secure shutoff planning and improved planning of infill wells.  Water system mapping is an activity that, if seen as a continuum from exploration to production, is likely to produce value in various phases of oil field development: appraisal, development planning and early-to-late production.

Project manager
Harald Johansen

Project period
2004-2006

Funding
Joint industry project