Total has been operating oil and gas production from a series of heterogeneous reservoirs offshore Abu Dhabi since 1974. Today, maximizing oil production is critically dependent on how the facilities can cope with handling the associated gas and water rather than treating the oil itself. The nature of these 40-year old facilities and the variable and sometimes erratic performance of individual wells mean that decisions have to be made on a daily basis regarding allocation of available gas for injection into the reservoir for enhancing oil recovery versus its use for gas lift. The decisions have to be made on the basis of predicted incremental oil but in the context of surface gas and water handling constraints. This paper will describe how a holistic approach seamlessly integrates historical reservoir and well behavior, the daily surface constraints and provide a means to easily and automatically allocate any gas that is available to optimize oil production. A well prioritization list is updated regularly to explicit to which well gas should be allocated and whether it should be used for lifting high water-cut wells or injecting into the reservoir to provide tertiary gas injection for enhancing oil recovery. This approach has led to a virtually constant level of oil production over the past 3 years; which for a mature oil field that would normally decline at 10-15% per year has been a major success. In addition, the successful full-field Tertiary Gas Injection project has resulted in a recovery factor of over 50% in the main reservoir; a top class achievement for a carbonate reservoir. Today, 15 years after implementation, the TGI effect contributes over 30% to the oil production from the reservoir.


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