The Cliff Head Field Development--Flow Assurance and Production Chemistry Challenges in a Marginal Field Context
- Simon B. Daniel (ROC Oil Company Limited) | Jonathan L. Roberts (Advantage Energy Limited)
- Document ID
- Society of Petroleum Engineers
- SPE Projects, Facilities & Construction
- Publication Date
- June 2009
- Document Type
- Journal Paper
- 19 - 26
- 2009. Society of Petroleum Engineers
- 6.5.2 Water use, produced water discharge and disposal, 4.5.3 Floating Production Systems, 2.4.3 Sand/Solids Control, 1.6.9 Coring, Fishing, 1.8 Formation Damage, 5.2 Reservoir Fluid Dynamics, 4.1.2 Separation and Treating, 4.2.3 Materials and Corrosion, 3.1.2 Electric Submersible Pumps, 4.2 Pipelines, Flowlines and Risers, 5.6.4 Drillstem/Well Testing, 4.3.4 Scale, 4.1.5 Processing Equipment, 4.1.9 Tanks and storage systems, 4.3 Flow Assurance, 4.2.5 Offshore Pipelines, 2 Well completion, 4.5 Offshore Facilities and Subsea Systems, 4.5.7 Controls and Umbilicals, 1.6.6 Directional Drilling, 4.3.3 Aspaltenes
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The Cliff Head Field, offshore Western Australia, faced significant development challenges because of its location and reservoir fluid properties. The influence of these challenges is apparent in the development solution adopted from sandface to market. The modest reserve size required the application of a number of firsts, including coiled tubing (CT), deployed electric submersible pumps (ESPs) combined with intelligent completion technology, a novel water "spike" approach to waxy crude transportation, a distributed chemical injection system, a remote-controlled, normally unmanned production platform, produced water re-injection, and "hydrofrac" water-injection capacity.
This paper describes the flow assurance and production chemistry challenges facing the development, the resulting development solution, and the production history to date.
The Cliff Head field is located in Commonwealth hydrocarbon exploration permit WA-286-P in the offshore Northern Perth Basin, Western Australia. Cliff Head is the first offshore development within the region. The field was discovered in December 2001 when Brent crude prices were at USD $20 per barrel. The field contains 15.7 million barrels of estimated ultimate oil recovery.
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