Existing and Emerging technologies

Reservoir & Well Management

Sub category Technologies TRL Operators Case Studies
Surveillance and Inspection  Remote/Remedial Well Surveillance - instrumented wellhead equipment (e.g. VR transmitter), wireless annulus pressure monitoring, wireless downhole instrumentation etc.   8-9  Spirit   
Spectral Noise Logging Tool for Reservoir flow surveillance   8-9  Apache   
Using Magnetic susceptibility on core/cuttings to determine reservoir quality   8-9  Chrysaor   
Use of time series data management system for condition monitoring and surveillance of ESP fleet (Apache) NNS  8-9  Apache   
Incorporation of unique chemical tracers in lower completion assemblies to help establish zonal contribution during multi-zone well testing and indicate SSD isolation function   8-9  Apache   
Subsea Data Gatherer - for downhole pressure and temperature gauge information on suspended production well to allow monitoring of subsea well’s between completion and connection to the flowline system.   8-9  Apache   
Heavy oil tracer - working with vendor to improve effectiveness of tracer technology in heavy oil.  6-7  Enquest   
Non-Intrusive Flow metering, non-intrusive well fluid flow surveillance technology   6-7  Chrysaor   
Fibre optic line dropped into well which will then dissolve, this will highlight leak within the well   6-7  Chrysaor  FLI Case study 
Pulsed Neutron - the application of new pulsed neutron and production logging tools, coupled with custom in-house nuclear models and data processing to reduce uncertainty and inform potential infill well opportunities   1-3  BP   
Fibre optic Distributed Temperature Sensor (DTS) Data evaluation tool development. Net Zero Technology Centre direct partnership project developing a software tool   4-5  CNOOC/BP   
Overburden Management - Compaction Monitoring Indicators used which will identify compaction via a logging run   1-3  Total   
Production Optimisation and Enhanced Recovery  Tight gas – optimising Frac design and execution strategies based on subsurface characterisation   8-9  Shell   
SWAGL - simultaneous water and gas lift, a simple, reliable artificial lift system as an alternative to ESPs, with reduced CAPEX and OPEX and potentially CO2 footprint  8.9  Equinor   
LPSWI IOR - Low Pressure Sea Water Injection (LPSWI) to give reliable and predictable sea water injection support (<5 bar WHP)   8-9  Apache   
EOR Microbial Application - Enhanced oil recovery by activating in-situ microbes that reduce interfacial tension between water and oil   8-9  CNOOC   
Viscosity Reducing agent - chemical treatment of wells to assist in production optimisation   8-9  Enquest   
Automatic production optimisation - online software tool that will continuously monitor and optimize the production from ESP lifted oil wells in a cost and energy efficient manner   8-9  Equinor   
Wireline applied stimulation pulses – downhole tool generates pressure pulses using discharge of stored electricity to breakdown scale build-up  6-7  Repsol Sinopec   WASP Case Study
Downhole tool to jet/drill short multi-laterals from a wellbore to increased reservoir access (drainage radius) from slot-limited platforms or low productivity formations  4-5   BP   
Data physics project for reservoir modelling/ qualitative optimisation, developing an AI/ML driven reservoir modelling and forecasting software tool to optimise injected water redistribution.  4-5  CNOOC   
CCUS applications for reducing GHG emissions and improving reservoir recovery through EOR.   1-3  CNR   
Polymer EOR - low cost, non-damaging polymer EOR  4-5  Ithaca   
Waxing, Hydrates and Scaling Solutions  Calcium Napthenate inhibitor - speciality chemical for napthenate formation inhibition   8-9  Premier   
Exotic inorganic scale management - development of chemical or mechanical means of handling Lead and Zinc Sulphide scaling issues   1-3  Total   
Oil flow assurance - pour point depressant / wax inhibitor strategy   1-3  Total   
Liquid Loading and water production  Downhole diluent injection & modelling - completion solution for downhole diluent injection in ESP equipped wells. Pump runs on 2 7/8" slim tubing that allows for downhole injection of diluent.   8-9  Equinor   
Alternate conveyed ESP systems - investigation and field trial of alternate deployed (e.g. coil/cable), remedial ESP systems, alternate motors (e.g. permanent magnetic)   8-9   Apache   
Optimal diluent allocation system - to maintain optimal diluent injection rate upstream of ESPs based on well measurements and micro well testing   1-3  Equinor   
Sand and Solids Management  Participant in the University of Aberdeen Sand Injectite Group (SIRG JIP) - Thin injectite driven geology   8-9  Apache   
Wellhead sand knockout – Topsides sand knockout units, multiple application re-injection system   8-9  Chrysaor   
Technologies to address evolving composition of well fluids - different demands on sand/erosion monitoring   8-9  Centrica   
Acoustic Sand Monitoring System - algorithm to detect sand using acoustic monitoring system. Supported by Net Zero Technology Centre funding   1-3  Repsol   
Well Intervention & Intervention Equipment  Tubing Snake - intervention tool to allow access below parted/damaged tubulars   8-9  Apache   
Smart Choke - Smart choke valve operated through pressure pulse signatures from surface, eradicating the requirement of a hydraulic control/balance line, to reinstate closed in wells   8-9  Shell   
Expandable pipe / polymer resins - Tubing to annulus leaks   8-9  Chrysaor   
Micro-polymers - designed to fill unwanted gaps in well equipment, cements and the formation rock, fully blocking permeability and preventing the unwanted flow of subsurface fluids.   8-9  Spirit   
Plastic armoured hose as an alternative to conventional coiled tubing  8-9  Centrica   
Reservoir fluid Property Prediction - integrate results from exploration drilling into a mechanistic prediction of geographical viscosity trends in Tertiary biodegraded oils.   6-7  Apache   
Springblade patch (now an expandable bonded sleeve patch)  6-7  Shell   
Subsea Flow Assurance Module - (FAM)Modify subsea prod choke insert to squeeze/kill well squeeze the well with ROVSV instead of high cost LWIV   1-3  Anasuria Operating Company   
Diverless choke override tool - TLS-P1 Choke change without divers (fabricate equipment)   1-3  Anasuria Operating Company   


The technologies referred to in this report are for illustrative purposes only and other technologies may be available. The OGA does not directly or indirectly endorse, recommend or guarantee any entity, product or technology referred to in this report.