In 2012, a redevelopment infill drilling campaign took place in a brown field, offshore Malaysia. Accurate wellbore positioning was critical to place a well within a path that navigates 2200 ft through an antithetic faults panel, separated approximately 900 ft, and with a 120 ft general throw; and to intersect the five target reservoirs of the well. The complex well path also faced the challenges of infill drilling in a brown field, such as collision avoidance in a crowded field, the location of the target reservoirs relative to the available drilling slots; as well as trajectory restrictions due to completions design. This paper presents the well design solutions that include a rigorous anti-collision analysis and a comprehensive survey programme. The survey programme consists of gyro while drilling (GWD) on the upper section of the well until the path is clear of magnetic interference from neighboring wells and the application of in-field referencing (IFR) correction for conventional measurement while drilling (MWD) magnetic survey based on accelerometers and magnetometers. IFR improves survey accuracy with a multi-station analysis that corrects the survey error with the localised crustal effects in the magnetic field of the earth. It was used for well positioning in between faults and for target intersection. It enabled drilling the well with higher confidence while intersecting the target reservoirs. A reduction of 60% on survey uncertainty was observed. The more accurate wellbore survey also optimises collision analysis for future well plans and it gives more reliable control points to update the subsurface static model. The benefits were obtained without compromising the drilling performance given that no extra operational time is required for the survey correction.


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