Reservoir and well management

Technologies support operators’ reservoir and well management objectives of:

  • production optimisation (e.g. well performance monitoring, enhanced oil recovery (EOR)
  • support maintenance, integrity, safety and uptime goals (e.g. sand control, scale management, pressure integrity)

Operators have an established and engaged supply chain to work with for reservoir and well management technologies, providing the majority of technology solutions.


Industry insights

  • Advances in well and reservoir monitoring technologies enable recovery optimisation, supporting asset and field life extension. These technologies could be used more widespread
  • A range of technologies, including foam and rigid pigs, ice slurry, heating systems and chemical treatments have been deployed to target ongoing wax and scale flow assurance challenges
  • Operators work with an established supply chain which provides the majority of technology solutions, most of which are proven or at a stage of early commercialisation
  • Digital technologies and supporting data analytics could advance real time monitoring, advancing production and increasing flow rates
  • There is a continued investment in cost effective EOR technologies, in particular polymer EOR and low salinity, with alternative methods receiving interest (e.g. microbial and thermal treatments)

Technology categories

Technology maturity

  • Data analytics for reservoir management
  • Monitoring, tracers, optical fibre
  • Artificial lift (e.g. long life ESPs, and ESP management)
  • Flow assurance (e.g. wax and scale treatments)
  • Permanent wireless sensors
  • Sand controls (e.g. ceramic screens)
  • Flow assurance solutions (e.g. localised heat)
  • Alternative EOR (e.g. microbial, foam)