Application of an Integrated Approach to Preserve Geologic and Seismic Consistency in a History Matching Workflow of a North Sea Chalk Reservoir
H. Sudan, E. Tolstukhin and L. Hu
Event name: IPTC 2014: International Petroleum Technology Conference
Session: Session 15: INTEGRATED RESERVOIR - Integrated Reservoir Modelling and Characterisation
Publication date: 19 January 2014
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Reservoir surveillance using 4D seismic has become a valuable resource for managing decisions under uncertainty. This paper highlights an integrated workflow to preserve geological consistency while calibrating a reservoir model using 4D seismic and production data. We demonstrate a successful application of this approach on our North Sea chalk reservoir undergoing waterflood, where a number of repeat seismic surveys have been acquired over time and leveraged as a quantitative source of information for describing the spatial distribution of reservoir properties and compaction. This seismic monitoring data has resulted in the ability to better manage the waterflood by providing fluid movement insights and subsequent improvement of infill well placement. To capture geologic variability and ensure model predictability, geostatistical parameterization techniques using multiple-point statistics are used to represent the uncertainty in the reservoir model. Additionally, the workflow employs a rock physics model to generate a synthetic 4D seismic response from flow simulation. Inconsistencies between the predicted and observed 4D differences are used to classify the reservoir model shortcomings. The uncertain geological parameters are updated in an optimization loop through the minimization of a misfit function comprised of both production and 4D seismic misfit formulations. The closed-loop workflow is managed by an in-house computer-assisted history matching tool using a stochastic optimization algorithm. The integrated approach yields improved reservoir management by encouraging multi-disciplinary collaboration between geological, geomechanical, geophysical and reservoir engineering disciplines.