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R.S. Khisamov (Tatneft PJSC, RF, Almetyevsk), V.G. Bazarevskaya (TatNIPIneft, RF, Bugulma), G.S. Valeeva (TatNIPIneft, RF, Bugulma), E.N. Dulaeva (TatNIPIneft, RF, Bugulma)
Role of geologic prospecting in replacement of Tatneft PJSC reserves

Keywords: mineral resources base, addition of oil reserves, effectiveness of geologic exploration, CDP 2D, 3D seismic survey, oil production

Given high extent of depletion of the production assets and maturing of the main oil fields in the Republic of Tatarstan, the Tatnefts objective to sustain the current level of the annual production can be attained through increase of effectiveness of geologic exploration playing a significant role in reserves replacement. The paper presents an overview of geologic exploration works carried out on the territory of Tatneft PJSC operations in the Republic of Tatarstan in the period from 2016 to 2020. Geophysical survey has always been the main instrument in the geologists repertoire of tools applied at all stages of exploration. The authors analyze the effectiveness of the geophysical methods. To reduce risks and to optimize geological prospecting, the Company uses an integrated package of technologies. The higher the quality of geologic prospecting, the higher the chance of new discoveries, and the latter is the main criterion of the exploration success.

Maintaining of the existing oil production level in Tatarstan is not conceivable without reserves replacement. For the last five years, extension additions made 73% of total addition to reserves of the Tatneft. The Companys priorities as regards reserves replacement are: search for new fields, as well as for poorly explored unconventional oil reserves (heavy oil, domanik sediments, carbonate fractured reservoirs, tight reservoirs, sediments in the crystalline basement, sediments of the Riphean-Vendian age); search for small-sized and low-amplitude accumulations, lithologically or stratigraphically screened accumulations; development of novel exploration technologies and improvement of the existing ones; providing a rather dense network of microseismic monitoring and continuous updating of databases, including revision of all acquired data, re-processing and re-interpretation of field data.

Notwithstanding high extent of depletion of the main productive assets (80%) and increase of the share of hard-to-recover reserves (over 87%), the effectiveness of geologic prospecting has increased from 83 to 86%. The Company continues to develop new technologies aimed at reserves addition from complex unconventional reservoirs, and to conclude new foreign contracts, which will add to economic growth of Tatarstan and Russia.


1. Khisamov R.S., Bazarevskaya V.G., Ziyatdinov A.G. et al., Evaluation of geological and economic efficiency of prospecting and exploratory drilling at license blocks of Tatneft PJSC (In Russ,), Neftyanoe khozyaystvo = Oil Industry, 2018, no. 7, pp. 67, DOI: 10.24887/0028-2448-2018-7-6-7.

2. Khisamov R.S., Bazarevskaya V.G., Bachkov A.P. et al., Confirmability of geophysical data by drilling and well production testing in the territory of Tatnefts activities  (In Russ,), Neftyanoe khozyaystvo = Oil Industry, 2018, no. 7, pp. 1214, DOI: 10.24887/0028-2448-2018-7-12-14.
DOI: 10.24887/0028-2448-2021-7-6-9

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R.S. Khisamov (Tatneft PJSC, RF, Almetyevsk), V.G. Bazarevskaya (TatNIPIneft, RF, Bugulma), D.V. Anoshin (TatNIPIneft, RF, Bugulma)
Tatneft PJSC comprehensive R&D project for development of unconventional reserves

Keywords: comprehensive full innovation cycle R&D project, hard-to-recover reserves, Domanic sediments, heavy oil, governmental support

To satisfy a need for reserves replacement, large Russian vertically-integrated companies pay closer attention to unconventional hydrocarbon sources with hard-to-recover reserves, in particular, the Domanic sediments and the heavy oil accumulations in the Permian formations. Tatneft PJSC considers these reserves of strategic importance that are able to provide for oil production increase and diversification of the resource base on the territory of the Republic of Tatarstan. For the last five years, the Domanic sediments add annually 8 million tons to incremental reserves. The Companys experience of development of heavy oil accumulations in the Sheshminskian sand sequences has shown that exploration and development of unconventional resources call for out-of-the-box approaches and, as a consequence, huge investments. In accordance with the Science and Technology Development Strategy of the Russian Federation and the relevant Resolution of the Government of the Russian Federation, Tatneft PJSC is involved in development of the comprehensive full innovation cycle R&D project for study and development of unconventional reserves in the DOMANIC and BITUM testing sites in Tatarstan. The comprehensive full innovation cycle R&D project is aimed at development of novel heavy oil exploration and reservoir engineering technologies. Considering the ever-decreasing chances of new large conventional hydrocarbon discoveries, the significance of the project is self-evident.

The paper discusses the prospects and the progress of the R&D project, and the importance of the governmental support for unconventional hydrocarbon reserves development projects.


1. Khisamov R.S., Bazarevskaya V.G., Anoshin D.V., Geologicheskaya uspeshnost' vypolneniya opytno-promyshlennykh rabot v skvazhinakh, vskryvshikh domanikovye otlozheniya na territorii deyatel'nosti PAO Tatneft' (Geological success of pilot works in wells penetrating domanik sediments on the territory of Tatneft operations), Proceedings of TatNIPIneft / Tatneft PJSC, 2020, V. 88. pp. 1522.

2. Minnikhanov R.N., Maganov N.U., Khisamov R.S., On creation of research and testing facilities to promote study of nonconventional oil reserves in Tatarstan (In Russ.), Neftyanoe khozyaystvo = Oil Industry, 2016, no. 8, pp. 6062.

DOI: 10.24887/0028-2448-2021-7-10-13

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A.R. Iskhakov (TatNIPIneft, RF, Bugulma), I.M. Zaripov (TatNIPIneft, RF, Bugulma), S.I. Amerkhanova (TatNIPIneft, RF, Bugulma), A.M. Zaripov (TatNIPIneft, RF, Bugulma), A.A. Ismagilov (TatNIPIneft, RF, Bugulma), A.Sh. Shayakhmetov (TatNIPIneft, RF, Bugulma)
Application of light-weight cementing slurries during well construction at Tatneft PJSC assets

Keywords: oil-well cement, light-weight cement, lightweight agent, casing cementing

Well construction in carbonate rock intervals is accompanied by presence of cavernous fractured zones with low reservoir pressure and is complicated by drill mud and cement slurry losses. Loss of circulation is a typical problem for the most of the Tatarstan fields, so, best practices have been established during the decades. Two-stage cementing technique and light-weight cement slurries are used to provide top of cement up to the wellhead. Light-weight cementing slurry is prepared by adding agents of much lower density compared to cement or those agents that increase water-cement ratio. The major drawbacks of light-weight slurries are low set cement strength and technical difficulties of cement mixing.

The paper summarizes light-weight slurries development for production casing cementing at Tatneft assets. Light-weight cement slurries can be prepared based on standard cement using several techniques. These include increasing the volume of liquid phase in a slurry by adding, for example, water retaining agents; mixing of standard cement with lower-density fluids, such as oil and oil products; adding of solid agents with lower density than that of cement; cement slurry aerating. Tatneft was the first to use clays and gel powders as lightweight agents. The Company still uses light-weight cement slurries based on oil-well Portland cement and bentonite powder which are mixed in the dry state by multiple repacking at cement Contractors storage depot. The key contributor to density reduction is high water cement ratio, which adversely affects the set cement strength. Previously, different agents were used as light porous fillers for cement slurries, including perlite, expanded clay, foamed vermiculite, pumice, lignin. However, because of low triaxial compressive strength of porous fillers, they had limited application area. For this reason, other types of materials have come into common use, such as aluminosilicate, glass, ceramic and foam-glass microbeads.


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5. Kateev R.I., Amerkhanova S.I., Zaripov I.M. et al., Tamponazhnyy rastvor so steklyannymi granulami (Grouting mortar with glass granules), Proceedings of TatNIPIneft' / Tatneft', 2013, V. 81, pp. 275281.

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7. Kateev R.I., Zaripov A.M., Shayakhmetov A.Sh., Rezul'taty opytno-promyslovykh ispytaniy oblegchennykh tamponazhnykh rastvorov v PAO Tatneft' pri tsementirovanii v odnu stupen' (Results of field trials of lightweight grouting slurries at Tatneft PJSC during one-stage cementing), Collected papers Reagenty i materialy dlya stroitel'stva, ekspluatatsii i remonta neftyanykh, gazovykh skvazhin: proizvodstvo, svoystva i opyt primeneniya. Ekologicheskie aspekty neftegazovogo kompleksa (Reagents and materials for the construction, operation and repair of oil and gas wells: production, properties and application experience. Environmental aspects of the oil and gas complex), Proceedings of XXII International scientific-practical conference, 5-8 June 2018, Vladimir: Arkaim Publ., 2018, pp. 8285.

8. Patent RU 2 588 026 C1, Lightweight plugging composition, Inventors: Kateev R.I., Amerkhanova S.I., Shayakhmetov A.Sh., Gabbasov T.M., Latypova D.V., Gazizov M.G.

9. Zaripov I.M., Iskhakov A.R., Kateev R.I., Zaripov A.M., Tatnefts experience in well completion using fiberglass-reinforced plastic casing strings (In Russ.), Neftyanoe khozyaystvo = Oil Industry, 2018, no. 7, pp. 1819, DOI: 10.24887/0028-2448-2018-7-18-19.

10. Patent RU 2 720 025 C1, Casing string cementing method in well, Inventors: Zaripov I.M., Iskhakov A.R., Shayakhmetov A.Sh.

11. Kateev R.I., Zaripov A.M., Bikbulatov R.R., Kozlov A.V., Lightweight cement slurry with the addition of a foam glass ceramic (In Russ.), Burenie i neft', 2018, no. 3, pp. 2831.

12. Zaripov I.M., Iskhakov A.R., Kateev R.I. et al., Issledovanie kombinirovannogo napolnitelya dlya uluchsheniya tamponiruyushchikh svoystv tsementnogo rastvora (Study of the combined filler to improve the plugging properties of the cement slurry), Proceedings of TatNIPIneft' / Tatneft', 2019, V. 87, pp. 240245.

13. Shigabutdinov A.S., Gimatdinov V.N., Shakirov I.R. et al., Pilot industrial work on the introduction of foam cementing technology  (In Russ.), Burenie i neft', 2020, no. 4, pp. 2832.
DOI: 10.24887/0028-2448-2021-7-14-17

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R.S. Khisamov (Tatneft PJSC, RF, Almetyevsk), I.N. Khakimzyanov (TatNIPIneft, RF, Bugulma; Oktyabrsky Branch of Ufa State Petroleum Technical University, RF, Oktyabrsky), A.V. Lifantiev (TatNIPIneft, RF, Bugulma), R.I. Sheshdirov (TatNIPIneft, RF, Bugulma), V.Sh. Mukhametshin (Oktyabrsky Branch of Ufa State Petroleum Technical University, RF, Oktyabrsky)
Evaluation of wide well spacing pilot project in D1 horizon of Bavlinskoye field 60 years later

Keywords: wide well spacing, efficiency, full-scale experiment, pattern arrangement, oil recovery, geological model

Pilot project implemented in the Bavlinsky deposit of Pashian horizon identified some features of oil-drainage line movement, oil-water contact raising, showed no severe breakthrough and water fingering subject to proper reservoir management, as well as demonstrated mechanism of non-uniform movement and constriction of oil-drainage boundaries. The experiment showed that although considerable amount of oil is displaced from the water-oil zone into the oil zone during peripheral waterflooding, oil losses due to undeveloped water-oil zone or due to wide well spacing are quite high. Therefore, the water-oil zone should be developed with the same well pattern as the oil zone. It should be noted that the maximum efficiency is achieved by well drilling in this zone from the very start of field production. According to various studies, oil losses in the Bavlinskoye oil field due to wide well spacing make 4.7-12.7%, which is much higher than it was projected (0.25-1.5%). The results of geologic model calculations showed that oil losses due to wide well spacing made 7.4-7.7%. To assess oil losses during wide well spacing experiment and its effect on oil recovery from D1 horizon, multiversion numerical simulation is required with changing well operation conditions, time and sequence of well shutting-in and putting on production, which will enable detecting oil flow paths towards producing wells with due regard for specific geological structure. A 60-years experience in D1 horizon development shows that adjustment of well interventions included in the previously approved technical project documentation provided oil recovery increase.


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DOI: 10.24887/0028-2448-2021-7-18-22

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B.G. Ganiev (Tatneft PJSC, RF, Almetyevsk), .V. Nasybullin (TatNIPIneft, RF, Bugulma), Ram.Z. Sattarov (TatNIPIneft, RF, Bugulma), V.S. Timofeev (Novosibirsk State Technical University, RF, Novosibirsk), .V. Faddeenkov (Novosibirsk State Technical University, RF, Novosibirsk), .Yu. Timofeeva (Novosibirsk State Technical University, RF, Novosibirsk)
Application of machine learning method for planning of well drilling in producing oil formations

Keywords: machine learning methods, Kohonen neural networks, Bayesian neural networks, structural changes, Arps model, regression analysis models, panel data models, production enhancement operations, feasibility study, field development scenario, project well, LAZURIT proxy model

The paper describes algorithms for predicting oil production rates based on Arps model whose parameters are estimated in terms of well production performance and the algorithm based on panel data models with a trend component described by Arps model. An algorithm for selection of input factors based on Bayesian neural networks has been proposed and implemented. An algorithm for construction of piecewise multiple regression models to estimate the Arps constant and to predict oil production rates based on application of Kohonen networks and structural change analysis approaches has been proposed and implemented. This method for prediction of oil production rate and production decline considers numerous factors that influence production performance. A module for prediction of oil production performance of project wells has been developed. The host application is written in Python 3.6 programming language. Computational algorithms of model building are implemented in R programming language. The authors describe the principle of operation of software module for forecasting oil production performance of project wells.

The described method has been field tested at production sites of Tatneft Company. Machine learning has been done using selected geological and production data from producing wells in Kynovian and Pashian reservoirs for a group of production areas of Romashkinskoye field. Machine learning enabled selection of project wells and estimation of production and economic performance. A comparative analysis of existing methods for prediction of input oil production rates and annual production decline rates of project wells for the selected group of areas has been performed. Resultant data suggest applicability of machine learning method for prediction of production performance of project wells in oil fields. This is particularly important for mature fields, which provide sufficient accumulated statistical data required to apply machine learning methods.


1.  Latifullin F.M., Sattarov Ram.Z., Sharifullina M.A., Application of lazurit workstation software package for geological and reservoir modeling and well intervention planning for Tatnefts production assets (In Russ.), Neftyanoe khozyaystvo = Oil Industry, 2017, no. 6, pp. 4043, DOI: 10.24887/0028-2448-2017-6-40-43.

2. Nasybullin A.V., Sattarov Ram.Z., LatifullinF.M. et al., Creation of software tool for long-term investment planning with a view to the effective development of oil fields (In Russ.), Neftjanoe hozjajstvo = Oil Industry, 2019, no. 12, pp. 128131, DOI: 10.24887/0028-2448-2019-12-128-131.

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DOI: 10.24887/0028-2448-2021-7-23-27

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.. Zaripov (TatNIPIneft, RF, Bugulma), .R. Razumov (TatNIPIneft, RF, Bugulma), nt.N. Beregovoy (TatNIPIneft, RF, Bugulma), N.. Knyazeva (TatNIPIneft, RF, Bugulma), E.P. Vasilyev (TatNIPIneft, RF, Bugulma), .I. Amerkhanov (Tatneft-Dobycha, Tatneft PJSC, RF, Almetyevsk)
Improved production performance of heavy oil reservoirs with compacted and shaled-out interlayers

Keywords: steam-assisted gravity drainage, heavy oil deposits, presence of shaled-out interlayers, acid compositions

Currently underway is commercial production of extra-viscous oil in the fields of the Republic of Tatarstan using steam-assisted gravity drainage (SAGD) technique. A large amount of updated field data obtained during appraisal drilling as a preparatory stage for extra-viscous oil production operations, systematization of geophysical and geological data with rock typing, paleogeographic reconstructions and modeling enabled identification of the zones exhibiting oil saturation heterogeneity and complex geological structure. A significant factor interfering with the production of extra viscous oil is the presence of shaled-out interlayers associated with lack of reservoir continuity, when a sharp change of facies types from predominantly sandstone to interbedding clays, siltstones and sands is observed in shallow marine shelf conditions on bar slopes and barrier islands. Prior to operation of horizontal wells drilled in such zones a number of issues shall be tackled. Firstly, it is necessary to select optimal compositions depending on rock mineralogy, calculate the required injection volume and concentration of chemical agents, which will also depend on rock characteristics (the clay and carbonate component), such that the injection volume be large enough to provide the desired benefits, on the one hand, and not too large to favor the formation of direct flow channels between parallel horizonal (injection and production) wells which will further lead to steam breakthrough.  Negative effects on tubing string and perforation interval shall be minimized through selection of optimal composition and treatment strategy. To date, combined efforts of specialists from research and production departments of Tatneft Company resulted in development of the technology that mitigates detrimental effects of the above-mentioned factors during the development of extra-viscous oil reservoirs using SAGD technique.


1.  Takhautdinov Sh.F., Sabirov R.K., Ibragimov N.G. et al., Sozdanie i promyshlennoe vnedrenie kompleksa tekhnologiy razrabotki mestorozhdeniy sverkhvyazkikh neftey (The creation and implementation of technology complex for heavy oil deposits development), Kazan': Fen Publ., 2011, 142 p.

2. Beregovoy Ant.N., Knyazeva N.A., Vasil'ev E.P. et al., Povyshenie effektivnosti razrabotki zalezhey sverkhvyazkoy nefti s uplotnennymi i zaglinizirovannymi kollektorami (Improving the efficiency of the development of extra-viscous oil deposits with seal and mudded-off collectors), Proceedings of TatNIPIneft' / Tatneft PJSC, 2019, V. 87, pp. 137144.

3. Amerkhanov M.I., Zaripov A.T., Beregovoy Ant.N. et al., Process engineering solutions to improve heavy oil development at Tatneft assets (In Russ.), Neftyanoe khozyaystvo = Oil Industry, 2020, no. 1, pp. 60-65, DOI: 10.24887/0028-2448-2020-1-60-65.

4. Patent no. 2686768 RF, MPK E21B 43/27, E21B 43/24, E21B 7/04, E21B 49/00, C09K 8/72, Method for development of super-viscous oil and/or bitumen deposit in compacted and clogged reservoirs (versions), Inventors: Amerkhanov M.I., Beregovoy A.N., Vasil'ev E.P., Knyazeva N.A., Razumov A.R.
DOI: 10.24887/0028-2448-2021-7-28-31

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V.I. Belov (TatNIPIneft, RF, Bugulma), .. Zaripov (TatNIPIneft, RF, Bugulma), .N. Beregovoy (TatNIPIneft, RF, Bugulma), N.. Knyazeva (TatNIPIneft, RF, Bugulma), Sh.G. Rakhimova (TatNIPIneft, RF, Bugulma)
Enhancing oil recovery from waterflooded reservoirs at Tatnefts fields using emulsion compositions

Keywords: operational benefits, invert emulsion emulsifier, water repellent emulsion, high-permeability flushed zones, technological efficiency

Considerable portion of Russian oil fields, including the Volga-Ural region, are at the late stage of development and are characterized by production decline. This decline is attributable to depletion of active oil reserves with the resultant increase in the share of residual oil trapped in unswept zones. Other contributing factors are increase in water cut of complex terrigenous reservoirs and substantial reservoir compartmentalization. Such reservoirs are typically developed using waterflooding method. This well-proven and relatively cost-effective method still has its limitations.  Different viscosities of crude oil and displacing agent, and their immiscibility as well as reservoir heterogeneity are the primary factors affecting water-oil displacement efficiency.

Target oil recovery factor can be achieved through improvement of water (displacing agent) displacing ability or reservoir sweep efficiency. Various flow diversion technologies have been implemented and applied in Tatneft PJSC. Of these, gel-forming compositions, dispersion systems and sedimentation agents have gained wide acceptance. However, application of such compositions can cause total blockage of high and medium permeability intervals that contain considerable oil reserves despite high water saturation. This puts such intervals out of operation for a long time to the extent that the entire reservoir becomes non-producing. At the same time restoring production from blocked intervals requires complex and costly operations. Consequently, permanent shut-down of individual reservoirs cay result in increase of the share of hard-to-recover oil reserves and decrease of ultimate oil recovery. In light of the above, application of low-impact flow diversion technologies becomes urgent. These technologies enable temporary blockage and suppression of water flow in flushed high- and medium permeability reservoir zones.  The common practice is to use hydrocarbon-based emulsion compositions exhibiting the above properties. Emulsion compositions improve sweep efficiency and facilitate conformance control to prevent rapid breakthrough of injected water towards production well due to high viscosity of the emulsion. Adjustable viscosity enables penetration of emulsion composition into flushed high-permeability zones, redistribution of injected water to lower permeability zones and complete oil recovery from unswept reservoir zones.


1. Zaripov A.T., Beregovoy Ant.N., Knyazeva N.A. et al, Development and application of emulsion-based technologies to enhance production from Tatneft PJSC assets (In Russ.), Neftyanoe khozyaystvo = Oil Industry, 2019, no. 7, pp. 4043, DOI: 10.24887/0028-2448-2019-7-40-43

2. Patent no. 2110675 RF, MPK E 21 V 43/22, Invert microemulsion for treating oil beds.

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4. Patent no. 2379326 RF, MPK C 09 K 8/584, Water repellent emulsion for oil reservoirs treatment, Inventors: Ibatullin R.R., Amerkhanov M.I., Rakhimova Sh.G., Beregovoy A.N., Andriyanova O.M., Khisamov R.S.

5. Patent no. 2613975 RF, MPK V 01 F 17/00, C 09 K 8/00, C 11 D 1/04, 3/43. Invert emulsions emulsifier, Inventors: Sakhabutdinov R.Z., Beregovoy A.N., Rakhimova Sh.G., Andriyanova O.M., Fadeev V.G., Amerkhanov M.I., Nafikov A.A.

6. Amerkhanov M.I., Nafikov A.A., Beregovoy Ant.N. et al., Predvaritel'nye rezul'taty primeneniya novogo emul'gatora invertnykh emul'siy s tsel'yu uvelicheniya stepeni nefteizvlecheniya mestorozhdeniy PAO Tatneft' (Preliminary results of the use of a new emulsifier of invert emulsions in order to increase the degree of oil recovery of Tatneft fields), Proceedings of TatNIPIneft' / PAO Tatneft', 2017, V. 85, pp. 211-216.

7. Patent no. 2660967 RF, MPK E 21 V 43/22, C 09 K 8/92, E 21 V 43/16, Method of treating non-uniform permeability oil reservoir by injection of invert emulsion, Inventors: Zaripov A.T., Beregovoy A.N., Rakhimova Sh.G., Medvedeva N.A., Lakomkin V.N., Amerkhanov M.I., Nafikov A.A.
DOI: 10.24887/0028-2448-2021-7-32-35

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A.Yu. Dmitrieva (TatNIPIneft, RF, Bugulma), M.Kh. Musabirov (TatNIPIneft, RF, Bugulma), N.I. Baturin (TatNIPIneft, RF, Bugulma), A.A. Lutfullin (Tatneft PJSC, RF, Almetyevsk), E.M. Abusalimov (Tatneft PJSC, RF, Almetyevsk), F.A. Akhmetshin (Tatneft PJSC, RF, Almetyevsk)
Digitized ranking of physical and chemical parameters of acid systems as a new approach to selection of optimal agents for targeted well acidizing in carbonate reservoirs

Keywords: acidizing, well stimulation, chemical system quality, stimulation of oil production, use of chemicals during oil production, acid-rock reaction kinetics

One of the priorities in oil and gas industry is determining quality of chemical agents used in well drilling, completion, operation, workover, production stimulation, and enhanced oil recovery processes. Use of chemicals in oil production processes is a global trend and an integral part of the present-day strategy of improving oil and gas field development efficiency. Advanced use of chemicals for oil production stimulation is now focused on synthesis and development of composite chemical systems. In addition to conventional inorganic acids, more complex components are used with increasing frequency, such as organic acids, chelate compounds, as well as a series of chemical agents to control acid-rock reaction kinetics and to selectively react with specific lithological components of reservoir rock and to change (control) structure and viscosity parameters. Considering these domestic and global trends, the importance of research in the field of testing and ranking composite acid systems based on specific geologic and physical field conditions is beyond dispute. Modern innovative approaches stipulate the necessity and importance of digitizing and ranking physical and chemical properties of chemical products in order to effectively and scientifically select chemical agents for targeted and efficient production stimulation operations.

The paper discusses the procedure of identifying the most viable acid system formulations for various productive formations based on rank differentiation of formulations according to their physical and chemical parameters.


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DOI: 10.24887/0028-2448-2021-7-36-39

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.V. Nasybullin (Almetyevsk State Oil Institute, RF, Almetyevsk), .G. Persova (Novosibirsk State Technical University, RF, Novosibirsk), .V. Orekhov (Almetyevsk State Oil Institute, RF, Almetyevsk), .. Lutfullin (Tatneft PJSC, RF, Almetyevsk), .R. Khisametdinov (TatNIPIneft, RF, Bugulma), .P. Orlova (TatNIPIneft, RF, Bugulma)
Modeling of surfactant-polymer flooding using a novel FlowER software program

Keywords: surfactant-polymer flooding, highly viscous oil, high-permeability reservoir, porous reservoir, reservoir simulation modeling

The article presents the results of reservoir simulation modeling of alternative surfactant-polymer composition applications to increase oil recovery in high-permeability porous-type reservoirs containing highly viscous oil. Justification for application of reservoir simulator is provided, peculiar aspects of the applied model compared to commercial software products are revealed, a brief description of the target and associated issues are presented. FlowER software package was used to predict the performance of chemical treatment and select the optimal composition and injection volume for the pilot surfactant-polymer flood project developed in Tatneft. Automatic history matching of the resultant model to actual field data was done in FlowER software package with selection of the main reservoir properties, relative permeability functions. Laboratory studies of the properties of two types of chemical compositions depending on component concentrations were conducted. A series of simulation runs were performed to determine the optimal injectivity of injection wells at different injection volumes with the assumption of bottomhole pressure limitation. Injection of surfactant-polymer system was simulated for various volumes and component concentrations. Dependencies of oil production increment on injection volume were obtained. The paper also presents production vs. injection volume variations, well injectivity changes during injection volume increase as well as after injection of the design volume with variations of formation pore volume. Comparison of two types of compositions at different component concentrations was performed, their efficiency with the increase of surfactant or polymer concentrations was evaluated.


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DOI: 10.24887/0028-2448-2021-7-40-43

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A.G. Kamyshnikov (TatNIPIneft, RF, Bugulma), A.T. Zaripov (TatNIPIneft, RF, Bugulma), A.N. Beregovoy (TatNIPIneft, RF, Bugulma), R.R. Ibatullin (TAL Oil Ltd., Canada, Calgary), R.R. Zairov (Kazan (Volga Region) Federal University, RF, Kazan), A.P. Dovzhenko (Kazan (Volga Region) Federal University, RF, Kazan)
Carbon quantum dots used as tracers in ecological, hydrogeological monitoring and reservoir management

Keywords: tracer investigations, fluorescein, carbon quantum dots, ecological-hydrogeological surveys

Tracer investigations is a direct and one of the most reliable methods to determine presence/source of subsurface connectivity, which have found use in geological exploration for study of reservoir fluids behavior and diagnostics of horizontal wells without resorting to well logging, as well as in environmental studies for evaluation of leak integrity of waste pits and search for pollution sources. In oil industry, the efficacy of tracer investigations is determined by the tracer characteristics. Tritium used to be applied on a wide scale in previous years, has all necessary characteristics to provide for accuracy and reliability of results, however, it does not meet the requirements regarding nuclear safety, so its application is restricted. Tracer systems in current use, which are organic dyes (fluorescent, ionic, alcoholic), also have a number of drawbacks, namely, a limited product range, a complicated procedure for quantitative identification of tracers. Besides, bright colors of fluorescent tracers considerably restrict hydrogeological surveys and might affect applicability of fresh water resources. To improve efficiency of upstream operations, it is important to find optimal tracers for reservoir studies to have real-time data about reservoir fluids behavior, inflow of reservoir fluids to wells, including horizontal wells. The synthesized carbon quantum dots specimens allowed to expand the range of tracers. The laboratory tests determined the efficiency of carbon quantum dots in comparison with the known fluorescein tracers. The paper presents a number of key indicators determined in the course of experiments such as minimal measurement limit (luminescent emission intensity), Stokes shift (difference between waves of excitation and emission), and results of core analyses. The synthesized carbon quantum dots made possible to expand the applicability of tracers and to improve performance as compared with conventional tracers. Results of laboratory experiments demonstrate good potential of the synthesized carbon quantum dots as tracers for reservoir management and ecological monitoring.


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DOI: 10.24887/0028-2448-2021-7-44-48

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A.A. Lutfullin (Tatneft PJSC, RF, Almetyevsk), I.I. Girfanov (TatNIPIneft, RF, Bugulma), I.T. Usmanov (TatNIPIneft, RF, Bugulma), O.S. Sotnikov (TatNIPIneft, RF, Bugulma)
Software for geomechanical simulation

Keywords: geomechanical simulation, strain-stress state, software development, petroleum geomechanics

Variety of producing field conditions and engineering challenges facing oil and gas producers necessitate development and implementation of innovative solutions based on scientific advances, including geomechanics development. In view of the problems to solve, Tatneft Company has decided to develop its own software for geomechanical simulation. This software will make it possible to consider specific features of productive formations at Tatnefts assets, to meet the requirement for improved quality of operations digitization, to provide import substitution, and to reduce possible risks of sanction restrictions.

The paper presents the first results of developing proprietary software for geomechanical simulation. The software package includes traditional 1D modeling tools, such as calculation of pore pressure and borehole stability, determining safe mud weight range, as well as a complete set of 3D modeling tools, including geological modeling tools and 3D stress-strain behavior calculation considering over-passed elastic yield. It also has an interface for changing stress-strain properties depending on temperature and pressure. The geomechanical model helps to identify the impact of changing in-situ stress state and stress-strain properties on the reservoir rock, overlying and basement rocks during the development process, as well as to establish reservoir production conditions that will eliminate any adverse effects on ultimate oil recovery. Pilot testing of the developed software is currently being underway at Tatnefts assets to obtain feedback from the technicians who use the results of geomechanical simulation in practice.


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DOI: 10.24887/0028-2448-2021-7-49-52

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F.R. Gubaidulin (TatNIPIneft, RF, Bugulma), L.V. Kudryashova (TatNIPIneft, RF, Bugulma), N.N. Gafarov (TatNIPIneft, RF, Bugulma), A.S. Nurutdinov (TatNIPIneft, RF, Bugulma), R.S Magsumova (TatNIPIneft, RF, Bugulma)
Treatment of produced water for steam generation in Tatneft PJSC heavy oil fields

Keywords: heavy oil, ultrafiltration, reverse osmosis, produced water, oil concentration, treatment of effluents, feed water for steam generation

Steam injection has become a common method of extracting heavy crude oil. To mitigate environmental impact associated with disposal of large volumes of produced water in the heavy oil fields and to decrease the need in fresh water from surface sources, the Company has been using the produced water for steam generation. Currently, Tatneft PJSC operates two water treatment units, the Kamenka unit with the capacity 350 m3/h and the Karmalka unit with the capacity 700 m3/h to produce demineralized water to be used as feed water for steam generation. Membrane methods of water treatment and demineralization have been realized in the above-mentioned water treatment units. The flow scheme includes the following process units and operations: sorption-filtration unit (preliminary cleaning to remove residual oil); ultrafiltration membrane unit (removal of oil); activated carbon sorption filters (further removal of dissolved oil and organic matter); reverse osmosis membranes two stages (demineralization of water); anionic filters (removal of hydrosulfides); hydrogen peroxide dosing unit (complete removal of sulfide ions). TatNIPIneft R&D Institute has performed extensive studies to develop an efficient technology of preliminary cleaning of produced water in the sorption-filtration unit; also, TatNIPIneft research engineers have carried out studies on hydrogen peroxide dosing into demineralized water to neutralize residual sulfide ions, and have designed an automatic hydrogen peroxide dosing unit. The performed pilot tests allowed to select the most efficient agents for chemical washing of the reverse osmosis membranes. Successful operation of the first-in-Russia water treatment units based on the membrane methods has demonstrated that water meets the requirement to feed water for water-tube units for steam generation.


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6. Voikina G.R., Stratilatova I.V., Magsumova R.S., Nurutdinov A.S., Khabibullin I.Ya., Osobennosti fiziko-khimicheskikh svoistv poputno dobyvaemykh vod mestorozhdeniy sverkhvyazkoi nefti PAO Tatneft (Characteristics of physicochemical properties of associated water in heavy oil fields of PJSC TATNEFT), Proceedings of TatNIPIneft' / PAO Tatneft', 2017, V. 85, pp. 392395.

7. Garifullin R.M., Anufriev A.A., Sakhabutdinov R.Z., Shatalov A.N., Antonova N.V., Akhmadullin R.R., Issledovaniya metodov ochistki poputno dobyvaemoi vody Ashalchinskogo mestorozhdeniya ot serovodoroda (Research into methods for hydrogen sulfide removal from produced water in the Ashalchinskoye field), Proceedings of TatNIPIneft' / PAO Tatneft', 2011, V. 79, pp. 295302.

8. Patent RU 2 704 664 C1, System for arrangement of heavy oil and natural bitumen deposit, Inventors: Kudryashova L.V., Gubaydulin F.R., Sakhabutdinov R.Z., Nurutdinov A.S., Arsent'ev A.A., Buslaev E.S.

9. Patent RU 2 720 719 C1, System for arrangement of heavy oil and natural bitumen deposit, Inventors: Gubaydulin F.R., Kudryashova L.V., Antonov O.Yu., Nurutdinov A.S., Arsent'ev A.A.
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O.S. Tatyanina (TatNIPIneft, RF, Bugulma), F.R. Gubaidulin (TatNIPIneft, RF, Bugulma), S.N. Sydukin (TatNIPIneft, RF, Bugulma), R.I. Gubaidulina (TatNIPIneft, RF, Bugulma), A.V. Urazova (TatNIPIneft, RF, Bugulma)
Quality control of chemical agents used by Tatneft PJSC for organic chlorine compounds content

Keywords: oil, organochlorine compounds, organic chlorine, chemical agents, methods of research

To ensure the produced oil meets the quality requirements, all chemical agents used in the process of oil production are checked for content of organic chlorine compounds. TatNIPIneft Institute has developed a procedure based on X-ray fluorescence analysis for prompt determination of organochlorine compounds in chemicals samples using spectral scanning wavelength-dispersive X-ray fluorescence analyzer, Spectroscan CLSW. The technique allows to measure a mass fraction of organic chlorine compounds in the chemical sample. If the chemical sample (which is an organic-based composition) is a water-based composition, both organic and inorganic chlorine compounds might be present in it. It has been offered to extract organochlorine compounds to isooctane or hexane and to determine the mass fraction of organic chlorine in the extract. The similar approach is used for analysis of hydrochloric acid or HCl-based compositions samples. The outcome of the X-ray fluorescence analysis is total content of organic chlorine compounds in the chemical agent sample, including highly volatile forms. Gas chromatography-mass spectrometry method is used to determine the content of organic chlorine in highly volatile organochlorine compounds, as well as the type of these compounds. Shimadzu gas chromatograph/mass spectrometer is used for the purpose. The chromatography-mass spectrometry procedure is detailed in the Procedure for measurement of mass fraction of volatile organochlorine compounds in chemical agents using gas chromatography method with mass-selective detection. Combination of two approaches to determine the content of organic chlorine compounds in samples optimizes the costs. In some corrosion inhibitors or bactericides, etc., chlorine compounds are present, which are not classified as organochlorine compounds, but when heated, they are decompounded forming organochlorine compounds. For example, alkyldimethylbenzylammonium chloride when heated is decompounded forming benzyl chloride. To assess chemical agents stability to decompounding, a thermal stability test is performed. Chemical agent with the dosage corresponding to the actual chemical concentration in field is added into a synthetic emulsion that was obtained from oil without organochlorine compounds and mineralized water. The emulsion is dehydrated, naphta is distilled form of oil, and the content of organic chlorine in the distilled naphta is determined in accordance with GOST 52247-2004, Method .

Integrated approach to chemical agents control helps to avoid purchase of chemical agents containing organochlorine compounds, thus, ensuring that stock-tank oil quality meets the requirements of regulatory documents.


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6. Levchenko D.N., Bergshtein N.V., Nikolaeva N.M., Tekhnologiya obessolivaniya neftei na neftepererabatyvayushchikh predpriyatiyakh (Oil desalting technology at oil refineries), Moscow: Khimiya Publ., 1985, 168 p.

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8. Patent RU 2 740 991 C1, Method of determining content of organic chlorine in chemical reagents used in oil production, Inventors: Tatyanina O.S., Gubaidulin F.R., Sudykin S.N., Abdrakhmanova L.M.

9. Tatyanina O.S., Gubaidulin F.R., Sudykin S.N., Zhilina E.V., Gubaidulina R.I., Issledovanie vliyaniya khimicheskikh reagentov, primenyaemykh v sisteme neftedobychi, na obrazovanie khlororganicheskh soedineniy v nefti (Investigation of impact of chemical agents used in oil production process on forming of organochlorine compounds in oil), Proceedings of TatNIPIneft, Tatneft PJSC, 2020, V. 88. pp. 266-268.

10. Patent RU 2 734 582 C1, Method of determining stability of chemical reagents used in an oil production system, to decomposition with formation of volatile organochloride compounds, Inventors: Tatyanina O.S., Gubaidulin F.R., Sudykin S.N., Urazova A.V. 
DOI: 10.24887/0028-2448-2021-7-56-58

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V.A. Konnov (TatNIPIneft, RF, Bugulma), R.B. Fattakhov (TatNIPIneft, RF, Bugulma)
Reliability techology concept for pumping equipment in water-injection and oil-gathering systems

Keywords: reliability, equipment failure, pumping module, premature repair, pump units, efficient operation, owning cost, maintenance

Economic efficiency, and in some cases, the overall feasibility of field development with application of water injection system is critical in present-day conditions. However, economic efficiency, in its turn, consists of at least two main interrelated factors: energy efficiency and reliability. Improving energy efficiency is a sophisticated problem that involves extensive measures regarding process flow diagrams, methods, processes and equipment, mostly pumping equipment. However, equipment reliability is also a challenging task, closely related to energy efficiency and having a significant impact on the process cycle and sustainability of operational procedures. State-of-the-art water-injection and oil-gathering technologies impose strict requirements to pumping equipment reliability. In its turn, equipment reliability is based on obligatory application of advanced control and maintenance techniques and requires a comprehensive approach to solving engineering and technical problems. Ensuring successful operation of pumping equipment in water-injection system over a long period of time implies a zero-tolerance approach to selection of equipment design and materials based on  physical and chemical properties of the liquid to be pumped, as well as site conditions, with due regard for possible seasonal changes in pumping characteristics; proper equipment installation, positioning, and operation as required by the service manual; possibility of diagnosing at stated intervals, but ideally, continuous monitoring of changes in pumping parameters and early pre-emergency warning. In case of failure, the cause must be carefully investigated and certain steps must be taken to identify the root cause of the problem in order to prevent its recurrence, which imposes certain requirements to the skills of the operating staff. Pumping equipment of water-injection and oil-gathering systems very rarely has emergency failures if it is properly installed, dynamically balanced, mounted on a specified base with acceptable alignment, properly lubricated, started, operated and stopped as required by the operating instructions, and if well-qualified personnel monitor any deviations in parameter values. However, evaluation of the equipment efficiency is rather challenging. One of the parameters for such evaluation is cost of ownership.

The paper considers various approaches to equipment maintenance, discusses distribution of pump failure sources in water-injection and oil-gathering systems based on practical knowledge, and considers the issue of estimating owning cost and differences in its specific values. Key factors for the development of reliability technology are presented.


1. Konnov V.A., Fattakhov R.B., Abramov M.A., Application of positive displacement plunger-type pumps in reservoir pressure maintenance systems (In Russ.), Neftyanoe khozyaystvo = Oil Industry, 2019, no. 1, pp. 6265, DOI: 10.24887/0028-2448-2019-1-62-65.

2. Gabdrakhmanov R.A., Mitrofanov E.L., Konnov V.A., Krasnov O.M., Application of non-positive and positive displacement pumps in water injection system: challenges and opportunities (In Russ.), Neftyanoe khozyaystvo = Oil Industry, 2020, no. 7, pp. 5659, DOI: 10.24887/0028-2448-2020-7-56-59

3. Starkin I.N., Improving energy efficiency of water-injection system. Experience of high-capacity pump implementation (In Russ.), Inzhenernaya praktika, 2018, no. 9, pp. 6066.

4. Chikin V.V., Nilov R.V., Islamov I.I. et al., Criteria of a choice of the optimum pump equipment for increase of energy efficiency of system of maintenance of reservoir pressure on objects of Gazpromneft-Muravlenko Branch (In Russ.), Neftyanoe khozyaystvo = Oil Industry,  2015, no. 12, pp.  7173.
DOI: 10.24887/0028-2448-2021-7-59-61

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K.M. Garifov (TatNIPIneft, RF, Bugulma), A.Kh. Kadyrov (TatNIPIneft, RF, Bugulma), A.V. Glukhoded (TatNIPIneft, RF, Bugulma), V.A. Balboshin (TatNIPIneft, RF, Bugulma), A.E. Belov (TatNIPIneft, RF, Bugulma)
Improvement of sucker-rod pump to allow for direct washing and bottomhole zone treatment without wellbore intervention jobs

Keywords: sucker-rod pump, direct washing, plunger, suction valve, ball

Plugging of sucker-rod pumps valves with solids, wax, floating debris, etc. while well operation are an expensive and a time-consuming challenge. The available downhole equipment does not allow for direct washing of the pumps valves, while backwashing is often ineffective, because of settling of suspended particles in the pump and because of circulation losses. The currently used downhole pumping equipment can only be used for bottomhole zone treatment in wells with tubing sucker-rod pumps. A modified sucker-rod pump can solve two tasks simultaneously: well servicing with direct washing of the valve assembly and bottomhole zone treatment without inviting workover crews. This will increase the time between repairs and decrease OPEX associated with wellbore intervention jobs.

The sucker-rod pump design comprises conventional assemblies and components, save a modified suction valve assembly. The latter is equipped with a mechanism of displacement of the ball of the valves pair when the plunger is submerged below the bottom end of the stroke until stop. Successful rig tests, followed by field tests in two Tatneft PJSC wells confirmed performability of the modified sucker-rod pump. During field operation, two operation modes were tested: a) direct pumping of fluid by complete unloading of the rod string; b) pump discharge with testing of traveling and standing valves for leakage. This paper presents a detailed description of the sucker-rod pump design, the procedure and the results of the field tests.
DOI: 10.24887/0028-2448-2021-7-62-64

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A.G. Khabibrakhmanov (Tatneft PJSC, RF, Almetyevsk), A.F. Alchinov (Tatneft PJSC, RF, Almetyevsk), P.N. Kubarev (Tatneft PJSC, RF, Almetyevsk), O.E. Mishanina (Tatneft PJSC, RF, Almetyevsk), E.V. Khisamutdinova (Tatneft PJSC, RF, Almetyevsk), N.Yu. Kostyleva (Tatneft PJSC, RF, Almetyevsk), R.Z. Sakhabutdinov (TatNIPIneft, RF, Bugulma)
Tatneft initiatives and actions for climate conservation

Keywords: greenhouse gases, carbon footprint, carbon capture and storage, renewable energy

Climate change is a global environmental problem of the 21st century. The reason for changes in the atmosphere thermal conditions is increase in CO2 atmospheric loading, specifically, due to human activity. A European society has announced its commitment to total decarbonization and upcoming introduction of a cross-border carbon tax. These actions indicate that the climate change issue raised by scientific and political community has passed from the theoretical area to the practical one exerting an impact on business. Tatneft Company recognizes the importance of community demand for green energy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and pays due consideration to fundamental changes in utility balance towards less carbon-intensive fuels. Having signed a Memorandum of cooperation with the National network of United Nations Global Compact, Tatneft has set a primary objective of sustainable development No.13 named Combating climate change. To accomplish this objective, the Company plans to execute the following projects: efficient greenhouse gas emission management; search for and implementation of process solutions to reduce direct and indirect emissions; improving production energy efficiency; green energy sector development; study of carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology applicability at Tatnefts assets; implementation of mitigation actions; climate cooperation. 

Tatneft has approved a revised version of Company Environmental policy considering climate change. The Company has set goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions at its assets, and has established a liability and incentive system for attaining these goals. Accounting of greenhouse gas emissions in the Company complies with the requirements of Russian legislation and international recommendations. An internal greenhouse gas emissions charge has been established. The ompany implements a Program of carbon footprint reduction and production energy efficiency increase. Currently, the Company uses solar panels, pellet heating systems, and small-scale hydropower plants. Tatneft plans to expand share of renewable energy sources in in-house power generation through wind power projects, downhole power generation, and more extensive use of solar energy. The CCS  project is the key to achieving carbon neutrality. CO2 emissions from flue gases coming from TANECO and Nizhnekamsk heat power plant are planned to be used for enhanced oil recovery and underground storage. Mitigation actions are implemented under Circulating Forest Project and Reforesting Program. In 2021, the company plans to plant 5 million seedlings!

TATNEFT is boosting cooperation in climate matters with the parties concerned including government agencies, international and Russian industry associations, companies, investors and financial organizations. The Company is open to cooperation in the field of de-carbonization.


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DOI: 10.24887/0028-2448-2021-7-65-68

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E.S. Sharapova (RN-Exploration LLC, RF, Moscow), R.B. Sultanov (Taas-Yuryakh Neftegazodobycha LLC, RF, Irkutsk), R.S. Urenko (Taas-Yuryakh Neftegazodobycha LLC, RF, Irkutsk), A.V. Gaiduk (RN-Exploration LLC, RF, Moscow), K.A. Neustroev (Rosneft Oil Company, RF, Moscow)
Structural features of carbonate horizon I-II, Srednebotuobinskoe field

Keywords: osinsky horizon, circle shape anomaly, zone of improved reservoir properties, seismic attributes, Nepa-Botuoba anteclise
This article is devoted to the structural features of the OI-II formation at the Srednebotuobinsky oil-gas condensate field, which is one of the largest oil fields in Eastern Siberia. The field was discovered 50 years ago. The main target are the ancient Vendian sandstones of the Botuoba horizon. The production started in 2013. The second largest reservoir is the OI-II formation, but this object is still at the stage of exploration. Exploration of the field has been conducted since the 1970s, but no commercial oil inflows have been received from the Osinskian horizon (OI-II formation). The formation has a complex and heterogeneous geological structure, and for a long time there was no understanding which zones are associated with the existing commercial inflows in several wells, as well as how these zones can be predicted for the purposes of production drilling. However, thanks to the integrated approach to the study of deposits used in Rosneft Oil Company, it was possible to identify patterns of distribution of zones of improved reservoir properties, map these zones and test them using horizontal drilling. This project shows how important it is to use all available research tools borehole data with an extended log complex, 3D seismic data, core data with a detailed sedimentological description. The Scientific Center of Rosneft RN-Exploration LLC proposed wells for re-testing and drilling for the OI-II formation, and the subsidiary company Taas-Yuryakh Neftegazodobycha LLC supported this initiative and carried out work on the field. Based on the results of successful tests a further research program was formed, which was successfully approved by Rosneft. The work methodology developed at the project can be applied to other similar objects in the Eastern Siberia.
DOI: 10.24887/0028-2448-2021-7-70-73

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P.V. Belyy (RN-Shelf-Arctic LLC, RF, Moscow), S.V. Gorbachev (RN-Shelf-Arctic LLC, RF, Moscow), D.Yu. Golovanov (RN-Shelf-Arctic LLC, RF, Moscow), O.M. Polovinkin (RN-Shelf-Arctic LLC, RF, Moscow), A.M. Skvortsov (RN-Shelf-Arctic LLC, RF, Moscow), V.V. Obmetko (Rosneft Oil Company, RF, Moscow), A.R. Nursubin (Rosneft Oil Company, RF, Moscow), I.V. Kuznetsov (Geopromalliance LLC, RF, Saratov), N.A. Yakovlev (Geopromalliance LLC, RF, Saratov), A.S. Tatarinov (Geopromalliance LLC, RF, Saratov), V.Yu. Chirkov (SNGS-Geo LLC, RF, Saratov)
Introduction of modern mudlogging technologies to improve drilling control

Keywords: well, drilling, standard and advanced mudlogging, borehole cleaning efficiency, abnormally high pore pressure, improving of drilling control efficiency, drilling safety control

Mudlogging while drilling is a combination of three pre-existing individual types of surveys gas logging, express petrophysical analysis and measurement while drilling. Efficiency and safety of drilling are mainly determined by quality of mudlogging that has taken a more important role over the last years.  On many occasions, mudlogging results helped discover new deposits of hydrocarbons in unconventional traps and reservoirs. A distinctive feature of mudlogging is that it examines core, cuttings, drilling mud, and gas that carry direct geological information about the studied section, which gives special significance and importance to this type of work. Accuracy of obtaining and processing mudlogging data will determine the order of pay zone penetration that, in turn, affects efficiency of oil production and overall future operation of the field. In comparison with classical geophysical methods, mudlogging while drilling gives an opportunity to get close to real-time information.

The article describes key objectives, methods and technologies of mudlogging while drilling and presents a structure of mudlogging methods from standard to high-tech logs. Special attention is paid to the integrated approach to forming a mudlogging program based on well type and preset geological and technical objectives. The authors give a specific example to illustrate introduction of modern technologies to improve control and safety of drilling operations at the Rosneft Oil Company license areas.


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DOI: 10.24887/0028-2448-2021-7-74-78

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A.A. Kayugin (Tyumen Branch of SurgutNIPIneft, Surgutnetegas PJSC, RF, Tyumen)
The new approach to casing eccentricity calculation in the wellbore

Keywords: eccentricity, casing centering, spring centralizer, casing collar

One of the main conditions for ensuring high-quality well cementing is full replacement of fluid in the annular space, which can be achieved, among other things, by ensuring the concentric position of the casing string in the wellbore. The algorithms based on ISO 10427-2: 2004 are usually used to calculate the centralizer placement for ensuring a required eccentricity. The formulas presented in ISO 10427-2: 2004 are only applicable for calculating casing deflection between two identical centralizers. It is assumed that if the deflection of the string between the two centralizers exceeds the nominal value of the gap between the string and the wellbore wall, then the eccentricity over the entire interval between the centralizers is equal to one. At the same time, actual measurements in wells using downhole GR-density fault detector show that the eccentricity of the casing strings extremely rarely turns into one.

In the paper the new approach to casing eccentricity calculation is suggested. It considers the possible sagging of the casing between two adjacent collars. First, the deflection between two nearest centralizers is determined. The calculating procedure of casing deflection at each point will depend on the resultant gravity force, Archimedes' force, tensile force and bending force. If centralizers are installed on each casing, then the maximum deflection and therefore the minimum clearance will be noted in the middle of each casing. If the gap in the middle of the distance between the centralizers exceeds the half-difference between the outer diameters of the collar and the pipe body, then it is considered that the collar does not touch the borehole wall. Otherwise, an additional fulcrum appears in the middle between the two centralizers. If there are more than two casing between the centralizers, then in this case there are several likely outcomes: all collars touch the wellbore walls, all collars do not touch the wellbore walls, only some collars touch the wellbore walls. The calculation of the casing deflection between two collars or between the collar and the centralizer is carried out in the same way as the calculation of the casing deflection between two centralizers. It is shown that the procedure that has been described leads to more accurate eccentricity prediction in comparison with existing ones. The proposed approach was implemented in specialized software for centralizer placement calculation in Surgutneftegas PJSC.


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5. Blanco A., Ciccola V., Limongi E., Casing centralization in horizontal and high inclined wellbores, SPE-59138-MS, 2000,
DOI: 10.24887/0028-2448-2021-7-79-81

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S.V. Zhigulskiy (Gazpromneft NTC LLC, RF, Saint-Petersburg; Shmidt Institute of Physics of the Earth of the RAS, RF, Moscow), A.S. Gunkin (Saint-Petersburg Mining University, Saint-Petersburg), A.V. Khitrenko (Gazprom Neft PJSC, RF, Saint-Petersburg; Gubkin University of oil and gas, Gazprom Neft)
Prediction of the critical drawdown for poorly consolidated rocks

Keywords: poorly consolidated reservoir rock, rock mechanics, stress-strain state (SSS), strength, critical drawdown

Poorly consolidated reservoir development process is followed by complications that are related to sand production. The development of such reservoir requires strict control over the rock failure of the bottomhole zone. Rock failure at the bottom of a well occurs due to the reason of the irreversible deformation occurrence. Consequently, reservoir rock loses its integrity due to the influence of critical stress level. Thereby, one of the main aims of geomechanical modeling is the evaluation of the well critical drawdown with the aim of prevention of the sand production and assurance of the borehole wall stability. This paper provides a detailed description of the critical drawdown evaluation tool. The evaluation was performed by two methods. In the case of a simplified criterion, it is possible to obtain a continuous drawdown profile in a well of a given orientation, while a full-fledged criterion at a given drawdown is used to estimate the rock failure zone. The current approach was implemented in Python programming language that allows to quickly and efficiently carry out calculations for a group of wells simultaneously. Evaluation of stress-strain state was performed for both initial reservoir conditions and preassigned time step for the reservoir pressure. Thus, for a well of any orientation, based on data from one-dimensional geomechanical modeling, the critical drawdown is calculated for two variations of strength criteria, taking into account changes in reservoir pressure. The demonstrated approach allowed to obtain the critical drawdown profile in the well considering the change in reservoir pressure. Calculations were carried out for several wells, and appropriate recommendations were formed on the bottomhole pressure for a given period of well production.


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DOI: 10.24887/0028-2448-2021-7-82-85

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M.M. Veliev (Vietsovpetro JV, the Socialist Republic Vietnam, Vung Tau), A.N. Ivanov (Vietsovpetro JV, the Socialist Republic Vietnam, Vung Tau), I.V. Vladimirov (Ufa State Petroleum Technological University, RF, Ufa), E.M. Veliev (Oktyabrsky Branch of Ufa State Petroleum Technological University, RF, Oktyabrsky), V.V. Mukhametshin (Oktyabrsky Branch of Ufa State Petroleum Technological University, RF, Oktyabrsky)
Specifics of cyclic water flooding for development systems made up with horizontal wells

Keywords: horizontal well, cyclic water flooding, reservoir permeability, production well, water cut, injection well, intermittent production, cyclic sampling

In research and scientific-technical publications, the matters of selecting the optimal parameters for the unsteady stimulation technology usually refer to determine the parameters of the reservoir pressure maintenance system. It is only in recent times, the studies and technologies for applying the unsteady (cyclic) operation of producers for increasing the oil recovery from layerwise heterogeneous reservoirs started to appear. This article describes the processes to change the profiles of pressure and saturation in the layerwise permeably heterogeneous reservoir for modelled zone during the unsteady operation of producers. Based on hydrodynamic modelling of intermittent operation of a production horizontal well, which produces from layerwise non-uniform permeable formation with highly viscous oil, it is shown, that in the layerwise heterogeneous porous reservoir with a significant non-uniformity of permeable area along the cross section, an intermittent production of a horizontal well leads to an increased oil rate and some reduced water cut of produced products. Despite positive increment in oil flowrate during intermittent well operation, the rate of oil reserves recovery reduces due to idle time, cumulative oil production is below the base value. Increment value of oil flowrate during intermittent well operation depends on its initial water cut. It is found that, the higher the initial water cut, the lower the oil flowrate increment during intermittent production. Once the intermittent flooding is complete, the well remains higher (in comparison to the base level) oil flowrate for a limited period of time, however, after a while the oil flowrate reduces below the base level or equals it, while the water cut goes up to the base level and in certain cases above it. It is shown, that the intermittent (cyclic) water flooding in the production well influences the neighbouring wells, and this effect depends on mutual location of production and injection wells. It is found, that the changes in the process parameters of remote wells during intermittent operation of the neighbouring wells, mostly relates not to the unsteady stimulation (even though there is some effect), but to the increase of the reservoir pressure in an inter-well area and to the directional change of filtration flows by the lateral. Besides, the intermittent operations of the well leads both to occurrence of interlayer cross-flows of reservoir fluids and to the change of flow direction by lateral (more intense production from the reservoir area between the producers).


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4. Ivanov A.N., Pyatibratov P.V., Aubakirov A.R., Dzyublo A.D., Justification of injection wells operating modes for cyclic waterflooding application (In Russ.), Neftyanoe khozyaystvo = Oil Industry, 2020, no. 2, pp. 2831.

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DOI: 10.24887/0028-2448-2021-7-86-89

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T.S. Arbatskii (RN-KrasnoyarskNIPIneft LLC, RF, Krasnoyarsk), A.A. Shchurenko (RN-KrasnoyarskNIPIneft LLC, RF, Krasnoyarsk), A.N. Zatsepin (Verkhnechonskneftegas JSC, RF, Irkutsk)
Hydrodynamic studies of reservoirs using jet pump at the stage of prospecting and exploration of deposits in the Irkutsk region

Keywords: geological prospecting and exploration, hydraulic jet pump, level build-up curve, postcompletional flow test, well test, well test

The technological approach to well testing of prospecting and exploratory wells in the casing in the flowing mode has been well studied and is technically simple to implement. However, in case of non-overflowing flow regime well the testing process become significantly complicated and requires the involvement of a larger number of technical means. The gas lift + level build-up curve (LBC) / inflow curve method assumes the initial inflow stimulation by nitriding / swabbing, test for on pseudo-steady filtration modes (during gas lift), followed by tracing the level build-up curve. This method is primarily considered as a tool for obtaining a minimum set of parameters, such as the type of formation fluid and the volumetric flow rate. However, well testing of non-overflowing marginal formations using this method has a number of significant disadvantages, consisting in the limitedness of the obtained hydrodynamic characteristics of the object under study. First of all, this concerns the quality of the assessment of such key parameters as reservoir pressure, permeability of the remote formation zone and the state of the bottomhole formation zone. The main reason for the limitations of the LBC method is the long-term dominance of the effects of the wellbore storage, since at a low flow rate (510 m3/day) of oil or formation water, the pressure change depends only on the changing level in the well, according to the dynamics of which, it is often impossible to identify the response of the formation. The currently available approaches to the interpretation of the  LBC do not give a conclusive assessment, due to the fact that when performing key stages of processing, a priori knowledge of the reservoir pressure parameter is required, the iterative selection of which can lead to significant errors in the results.

The approach to well testing given in the article by the inflow performance relationship curve + pressure build-up curve, implemented by means of a hydraulic jet pump arrangement, makes it possible to neutralize the complicating effects of the wellbore storage. In this paper, the authors highlight the results of comparing the quality assessment of well tests when testing low-flow oil-saturated reservoirs with a non-overflow inflow using the "Swabbing + LBC", as well as of the tests with the usage of jet pump assemblies. The article presents the key technological aspects of testing with the emphasis on the advantages and disadvantages of both methods.


1. Kremenetskiy M.I., Ipatov A.I., Gulyaev D.N., Otsenki produktivnykh svoystv plasta i skvazhiny po gidrodinamicheskim issledovaniyam (Estimates of the productive properties of the formation and wells based on hydrodynamic studies), Moscow: Publ. of Gubkin University, 2003, 86 p.

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3. Zeyn Al'-Abidin M.D., Sovershenstvovanie metodov interpretatsii dannykh gidrodinamicheskikh issledovaniy skvazhin s gorizontal'nym okonchaniem (Improvement of methods for interpretation of hydrodynamic test data of wells with horizontal completion): thesis of candidate of technical science, Tyumen, 2017.
DOI: 10.24887/0028-2448-2021-7-90-93

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A.A. Zernin (Tyumen Petroleum Research Center LLC, RF, Tyumen), K.A. Makarova (Tyumen Petroleum Research Center LLC, RF, Tyumen), A.I. Tyulkova (Tyumen Petroleum Research Center LLC, RF, Tyumen)
Features of production geophysical and hydrodynamic research of horizontal multilateral wells in the fields Rosneft Oil Company

Keywords: multilateral horizontal wells, field geophysical survey, hydrodynamic research, well survey, pressure build-up, Y-tool

The article presents an analysis of the conducted hydrodynamic and field geophysical survey as of 09/01/2020 multilateral horizontal wells within the perimeter of Rosneft Oil Company. The main problems in conducting field geophysical survey and interpreting its results are considered: a decrease in the information content of research, difficulties in specifying the zone of water inflow, low coverage of the fund's research. In order to increase the information content and increase the coverage of production logging, the article describes the positive experience of using Y-tool equipment and alternative methods (a device for interval monitoring of the inflow and fiber-optic pressure, temperature and pressure sensors). In the case of multiphase flow stratification in the horizontal section of the well, it is recommended to use a flow meter with distributed propellers over the well section to obtain reliable information. The main problems of well testing in the multilateral horizontal wells were identified: low quality of interpretation assessment, low coverage of studies, high production losses. To increase the reliability of studies, it was proposed to tune the models for the entire production history (increasing the accuracy of estimating permeability and skin factor). With high-quality primary data (daily measurements of pressure and well flow rate), it is recommended to carry out production data analysis, which allows obtaining well and reservoir parameters without long shutdowns, and therefore increasing the coverage of the research fund. Based on the analysis results, two sets of studies (extended and optimal) were proposed for wells during pilot testing and commercial production, which can reduce oil losses without losing information content.


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E.V. Zenkov (NK Rosneft NTC LLC, RF, Krasnodar), V.G. Georgiyadi (NK Rosneft NTC LLC, RF, Krasnodar), N.G. Gilev (NK Rosneft NTC LLC, RF, Krasnodar), Yu.S. Poverenniy (NK Rosneft NTC LLC, RF, Krasnodar), D.Yu. Shestakov (NK Rosneft NTC LLC, RF, Krasnodar), A.A. Popov (NK Rosneft NTC LLC, RF, Krasnodar), V.A. Pavlov (Rosneft Oil Company, RF, Moscow), A.G. Alekseev (NIIOSP, RF, Moscow; Moscow State University of Civil Engineering (National Research University), RF, Moscow)
Typification of engineering-geological and geocryological conditions for compiling a numerical forecast of the thermal state of permafrost soils

Keywords: numerical modeling of changes in the temperature field, designing objects on permafrost soils, geotechnical characteristics, geocryological characteristics, field pipelines, main pipelines, high-voltage lines, typification of geotechnical and geocryological conditions

In order to make economically optimal technical solutions for foundations and foundations, specialists in the field of temperature stabilization of soils must perform predictive heat engineering calculations. In the process of designing long-distance objects (field and main pipelines in the above-ground version, overhead power lines), the number of engineering-geological wells for which it is necessary to perform predictive heat engineering calculations can exceed several hundred pieces. To speed up the design procedure, without losing the accuracy of the results of numerical modeling of the thermal state of permafrost soils of the foundations of structures, allows the typification of engineering-geological and geocryological conditions.

In this article, an algorithm for typing engineering-geological and geocryological conditions is proposed and considered. Based on the results of numerical modeling, the scientific validity of the application of the proposed algorithm has been proved. An analysis of the optimization of working resources is carried out, provided that the algorithm is introduced into the process of designing linear structures for the construction of the surface infrastructure of oil and gas, gas and oil and gas condensate fields in the conditions of the spread of permafrost soils. The algorithm is based on the principle of analyzing the lithological composition, physical-mechanical and thermophysical properties of soils, the initial temperature state of soils (plastic frozen, frozen, solid-frozen, thawed) and the type of section (thawed, continuous, non-melting or buried roof of permafrost soils). According to the results of the analysis, geotechnical wells with similar soil parameters are combined into typical geotechnical conditions for which it is assumed that the dynamics of the temperature field change will be identical. The typification process is an important practical tool for a specialist in the field of predictive heat engineering calculations working with long-distance objects (field and main pipelines, high-voltage power lines). The introduction of automated software algorithms in the design can significantly reduce the time for performing numerical modeling without losing the accuracy of the results.


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DOI: 10.24887/0028-2448-2021-7-100-106

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A.N. Ivanov (Research and Engineering Institute, Vietsovpetro JV, the Socialist Republic Vietnam, Vung Tau), A.S. Avdeev (Research and Engineering Institute, Vietsovpetro JV, the Socialist Republic Vietnam, Vung Tau), V.E. Medinsky (Research and Engineering Institute, Vietsovpetro JV, the Socialist Republic Vietnam, Vung Tau), E.B. Zamerin (Research and Engineering Institute, Vietsovpetro JV, the Socialist Republic Vietnam, Vung Tau), I.A. Gorkov (Research and Engineering Institute, Vietsovpetro JV, the Socialist Republic Vietnam, Vung Tau), A.A. Pospelov (Research and Engineering Institute, Vietsovpetro JV, the Socialist Republic Vietnam, Vung Tau)
Organization of offshore operations from design to abandonment of oil and gas facilities in the fields of Vietsovpetro JV

Keywords: engineering, organization of maritime operations, oil production facilities, construction of offshore oil and gas facilities, construction and operation, liquidation of offshore facilities

Development of offshore oil and gas fields on the continental shelf is fundamentally different from their development on land. High complexity, specific peculiarities of carrying out and organization of works at sea are determined by various factors, including, first of all, climatic and engineering-geological conditions. The main problems during the development of these fields are caused by high cost and uniqueness of the applied technical means as well as challenges, which are connected with the necessity of works under the water, special technologies of construction organization, ecological safety, etc. The right choice and accuracy of offshore operations have a significant impact on the cost of produced hydrocarbons. Offshore operations are a set of technical and technological activities for transportation, assembly, docking and installation at the point of operation of the offshore oil and gas facility or its components, performed while the object is afloat, or using floating crafts.

The implementation of offshore operations projects in the fields of Vietsovpetro JV is associated with the creation of complex engineering structures both onshore and offshore, the operation of specialized vessels, technical facilities and special equipment. The article describes the stages of oil and gas field development, design, construction, operation, liquidation of offshore facilities and subsea communications of Vietsovpetro JV fields. The characteristics of production conditions, the principle of selection of technical means to perform work both at the onshore construction site and for offshore operations at sea are given.


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DOI: 10.24887/0028-2448-2021-7-107-110

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A.A. Pashali (Rosneft Oil Company, RF, Moscow), D.V. Silnov (RN-BashNIPIneft LLC, RF, Ufa), A.S. Topolnikov (RN-BashNIPIneft LLC, RF, Ufa), B.M. Latypov (RN-BashNIPIneft LLC, RF, Ufa), R.M. Enikeev (Bashneft PJSOC, RF, Ufa), S.S. Shubin (Bashneft PJSOC, RF, Ufa)
Bringing the oil wells equipped by elictrical submersible and sucker rod pumps on to stable production based on complex approach using machine learning and digital twins

Keywords: digital twin, bringing well on to stable production, electric submersible pump, sucker rod pump

The paper describes the application of modern digital technologies combined within the framework of complex approach during the bringing the oil wells equipped by electrical submersible and sucker rod pumps on to stable production. On the base on the expert rules, digital twins and methods of machine learning the uniform decision support system is developed, which allows to support the process of bringing the well on to stable production beginning from preparation the oil well to startup and finishing when it goes to the normal production. The set of intellectual algorithms is designed, which enable to provide remote diagnostics of complications in the pump operation, lift leaks, operability of measuring systems and to recommend the optimal operating regime, speed of acceleration, configuration of control station, tap transformer, and other activities. On the example of description of scheme of bringing the well, which is equipped by electrical submersible or sucker rod pump, on to stable production the sequence of execution of intellectual algorithms is presented within the framework of complex approach. The results of testing are given, in particular it is shown that the prediction of the well operating regime by digital twin allows to achieve the target parameters and avoid to making the additional bringing on to stable production after the main process is over or, otherwise, to diminish the time of bringing the well to the stable production. With examples of real wells a new method of detecting the direction of rotation of submersible motor shaft is illustrated. The estimation of technical and economic effects of implementation of the complex approach during bringing the well on to stable production is done. The total annual effect for the Bashneft-Dobycha wells achieves 35 million rubles due to diminishing of the number of pump stops and failures during the bringing on to stable production.


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7. Pashali A.A., Khalfin R.S., Sil'nov D.V. et al., Integrated model Reservoir Well Pump for unsteady fluid flow regimes calculating (In Russ.), Neftegazovoe delo, 2021, V. 19, no. 1, pp. 3341, DOI: 10.17122/ngdelo-2021-1-33-418.

8. Volkov M.G., Sil'nov D.V., Topol'nikov A.S. et al., Automated system for interpreting technical condition from dynamograms based on machine learning tools (In Russ.), Neftyanoe khozyaystvo = Oil Industry, 2021, no. 4, pp. 102105, DOI: 10.24887/0028-2448-2021-4-102-105
DOI: 10.24887/0028-2448-2021-7-112-117

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V.N. Ivanovskiy (Gubkin University, RF, Moscow), A.A. Sabirov (Gubkin University, RF, Moscow), A.V. Degovtsov (Gubkin University, RF, Moscow), I.N. Gerasimov (Gubkin University, RF, Moscow), I.I. Mazein (LUKOIL-PERM LLC, RF, Perm), S.V. Merkushev (LUKOIL-PERM LLC, RF, Perm), D.N. Krasnoborov (LUKOIL-PERM LLC, RF, Perm)
Improving the efficiency of oil production through the introduction of digitalization

Keywords: smart well, smart field, virtual flow meter, reduction of operating costs, smart digital twin, degradation of performance characteristics, system of predictive analysis of the operation of downhole pumping units

The intensification of oil production is accompanied by complicated well operation conditions. The most widespread problem in the operation of ESP today are mechanical impurities, salt deposits, corrosion, free gas, complex inclinometry, asphalt-resin-paraffin deposits, high-viscosity oil emulsions. To ensure the efficiency of oil production in these conditions, it is necessary to use modern smart field systems, develop and apply clear recommendations on the design and technology of using well equipment. These recommendations should be based on the rapid determination of all operating parameters of the formation - well - pumping unit system, first of all-the flow rate of wells. Rapid and accurate determination of the well flow rate in the on-line mode allows to increase oil production, reduce operating costs of electricity and chemical regents, and optimize field development. The use of flow rate values in the on-line mode also provides progress in the creation of digital twins of digital well elements due to the operation of algorithms for determining the degradation of the performance characteristics of well pumping units. All this leads to the possibility of creating a system of predictive analysis of the operation of electric drive vane pumps for oil production, the main purpose of which is to determine the physical and probabilistic time to failure of equipment under complicated operating conditions. The results of theoretical and experimental studies in the development of new designs and technologies should be based on the collection, processing, analysis of field data and data on the operation of oil well production equipment.


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DOI: 10.24887/0028-2448-2021-7-118-124

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O.V. Aralov (The Pipeline Transport Institute LLC, RF, Moscow; Gubkin University, RF, Moscow), A.M. Korolenok (Gubkin University, RF, Moscow), I.V. Buyanov (The Pipeline Transport Institute LLC, RF, Moscow), S.I. Viunov (The Pipeline Transport Institute LLC, RF, Moscow), A.S. Efremov (The Pipeline Transport Institute LLC, RF, Moscow)
Tank equipment used by Transneft PJSC: priorities quality and reliability

Keywords: reliability, quality, vertical steel tank equipment, main oil pipeline, oil product pipeline, general technical requirements, quality management

Tanks for storing, receiving, transfer and measuring oil and petroleum products are high-risk facilities whose system reliability and performance depend primarily on the quality of the equipment used, which is subject to seismic and climatic effects, corrosive external agents, the working environment, as well as mechanical stresses that the equipment experiences during operation and maintenance of the tank. Therefore, the processes aimed at ensuring and increasing the reliability of the used tank equipment are always relevant to the oil and gas industry.

The article is devoted to the processes aimed at increasing the reliability of tank equipment, the most important of which is the assessment of the conformity of the quality of equipment supplied for the construction, repair and reconstruction of vertical steel reservoirs (tanks) operated at hazardous production facilities of the pipeline transportation of Transneft oil and petroleum products. The article discusses the outstanding issues faced by large companies in the oil and gas industry of the Russian Federation related to improving the reliability of tank equipment, and also considers examples of the main technical requirements for compliance with which the quality of tank equipment is assessed. The material presented in the article clearly demonstrates the potential for improving the quality and reliability of tank equipment through modern and efficient approaches used in Transneft oil and petroleum product pipeline transportation system. The article considers four main types of tank equipment as an example: manifold, storm water drainage system for floating tank roof, siphon drain, floating roof seal, which are included in the list of main products used by Transneft system organisations and subject to assessment of compliance with Transneft oil and petrolium products pipeline transportation regulatory technical requirements.


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DOI: 10.24887/0028-2448-2021-7-125-131

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V.P. Frayshteter (Giprotyumenneftegas PJSC, HMS Group, RF, Tyumen)
Voltage 20 kV in oil fields power supply circuits

Keywords: power supply system, electrical system, electrical circuit, stages of development, voltage classes, transformer substations and power lines, power supply sources

Recently, the sphere of application of the 20 kV voltage class in electrical distribution system of various purposes has been expanding extensively. Voltage 20 kV is included in the standard range of rated voltages 10 20 35 kV. First of all, the transfer of electrical networks traditionally using voltages of 10 (6) and 35 kV to 20 kV networks is considered. Tables and graphs presented in various publications illustrate theoretically substantiated results: with an increase in voltage in overhead transmission line of the same section, it is possible to transmit more power or reduce power (and voltage) losses, or to find the optimal balance of the ratio of transmitted power and power losses. However, from the point of view of the power supply, oil fields as technological objects have their own peculiarities that should be taken into account when their power supply systems are designed. The main purpose here is to ensure a flexible response of power supply systems to technologically determined changes in electrical loads, the optimal location of technological facilities, expansion of the territory at all stages of field development, while maintaining the required level of reliability and quality of power supply to facilities. In the classical oil field power supply system with voltages of 35 and 10 kV, the basic power supply network of the oil field with the necessary power resources is formed at a voltage of 35 kV with the placement of substations in the centers of electrical loads of the oil fields. The 10 kV network can flexibly respond to changes in the location and capacity of individual technological objects. Such a scheme provides the required power supply reliability and flexibility at all stages of development. The transfer of the oil field's power supply system to 20 kV will drastically limit its ability to respond to changing technology requirements, both due to its less flexibility compared to the 10 kV network and due to capacity limitations compared to the 35 kV network. Therefore, with all the active general industrial development of 20 kV networks, the widespread use of this voltage class for power supply of oil fields does not seem promising.


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2. Sadokhina M.A., Sadokhin A.I., Gerasimov D.O., Suslov K.V., Preimushchestva i nedostatki elektricheskikh setey 20 kV (Advantages and disadvantages of 20 kV electrical networks), Collected papers Elektroenergetika glazami molodezhi (Electric power industry through the eyes of youth), Proceedings of VII International Youth Scientific and Technical Conference, Kazan', 2016, pp. 206209.

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A.E. Zorin (The Pipeline Transport Institute LLC, RF, Moscow), A.V. Vremenko (Transneft PJSC, RF, Moscow), O.I. Kolesnikov (The Pipeline Transport Institute LLC, RF, Moscow), N.G. Goncharov (The Pipeline Transport Institute LLC, RF, Moscow), A.A. Yushin (The Pipeline Transport Institute LLC, RF, Moscow), A.A. Skornyakov (The Pipeline Transport Institute LLC, RF, Moscow)
Development of an empirical model for predicting the mechanical characteristics of weld metal to assess its serviceability during the operation of oil pipelines and tanks

Keywords: oil pipeline, tank, welding, annular welded joints, thermal welding cycle, structure of the welded joint, load-bearing capacity, crack resistance, prediction of mechanical characteristics

The article presents the results of comprehensive experimental studies aimed at investigating the relationship between base metal and welding parameters (chemical composition of welded pipes and welding consumables, welding mode), the structure of received weld metal, its basic mechanical properties (strength, ductility and impact strength), and the parameters of static and cyclic cracking strength, used within the force criterion of fracture mechanics. For this purpose, standard and special metal tests have been carried out as well as a study of metal structure after heat treatment over a wide range of cooling rates. The established correlations were confirmed by testing the ring type welded pipe joints and tanks steel structures, welded using the most common Transneft technologies. Based on the results obtained, a model has been developed for refining the operability of welded joints according to the initial data of various levels. In particular, the influence of the cooling rate and main parameters of the welded joint metal structure on the change in its basic mechanical properties has been established. In addition, empirical expressions linking a set of mechanical properties (impact strength, relative elongation and proof/ultimate ratio), combined into a complex performance factor, to the metal cracking strength parameters used within the force criterion of fracture mechanics. In order to obtain the greatest practical outcome from the implementation of the developed model, it is proposed to introduce differentiated reduction factors when carrying out strength and durability calculations in accordance with current normative documentation, depending on the level of available data on the welded joint.


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