Application of independent calculation of stochastic inversion of directional resistivity measurements for horizontal wells geosteering

UDK: 622.243.24
DOI: 10.24887/0028-2448-2022-11-20-23
Key words: geosteering, reservoir mapping, stochastic inversion
Authors: I.R. Khaziev (IGiRGI JSC, RF, Moscow), D.D. Klychev (IGiRGI JSC, RF, Moscow), T.R. Rakhimov (IGiRGI JSC, RF, Moscow), E.Yu. Chernikov (IGiRGI JSC, RF, Moscow), K.V. Kudashov (Rosneft Oil Company, RF, Moscow), V.P. Filimonov (Rosneft Oil Company, RF, Moscow)

Currently, due to the depletion of oil and gas fields and their entry into the late stage of development, as well as due to the involvement in the development of more and more complex reservoirs, the drilling of horizontal wells is of high relevance. When solving the problem of horizontal wells geosteering there is a number of difficulties, the main of which are the geometric uncertainty in the geological structure of the formation in the direction of horizontal wellbore drilling, as well as the uncertainty in determining wellbore position relative to the formation boundaries. In this regard, there are risks of unstable argillites and coals entering the intervals, which can lead to emergency situations, as well as decrease efficiency of horizontal wells drilling. The small investigation radius of logging methods such as gamma ray, density, neutron porosity, and density image while drilling, as well as distance of logging measurement point to the bit, significantly reduces the efficiency of decision-making to change the wellbore trajectory in order to prevent entering the non-reservoir interval. Predicting the trend of the formation structure in advance, before formation change, makes it possible to make proactive decisions to change the wellbore trajectory in order to reduce the length of the drilling interval outside the reservoir. This makes it possible to increase well productivity at the drilling stage, significantly reduce the risk of exiting the target interval into unstable rocks and minimize losses during drilling a horizontal section of a well in a low-thickness reservoir. To achieve this goal, a technique for mapping contrasting boundaries with different electrical resistivity at a distance from the wellbore has been widely used. This method is based on the calculation of inversion from the measured readings of mid-depth probes of resistivity logging.


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