An Engineering Challenge Development of South Louisiana's Giant Timbalier Bay Field
- C.A. Lipari
- Document ID
- Society of Petroleum Engineers
- Journal of Petroleum Technology
- Publication Date
- February 1963
- Document Type
- Journal Paper
- 127 - 132
- 1963. Original copyright American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical, and Petroleum Engineers, Inc. Copyright has expired.
- 2.2.2 Perforating, 4.1.9 Tanks and storage systems, 5.1.2 Faults and Fracture Characterisation, 1.6 Drilling Operations, 3.1.6 Gas Lift, 5.1.1 Exploration, Development, Structural Geology, 4.5 Offshore Facilities and Subsea Systems, 5.4.1 Waterflooding, 3.1 Artificial Lift Systems, 4.2.3 Materials and Corrosion, 4.1.2 Separation and Treating, 5.4.2 Gas Injection Methods, 4.1.6 Compressors, Engines and Turbines, 5.2.1 Phase Behavior and PVT Measurements, 4.6 Natural Gas, 2.4.3 Sand/Solids Control, 5.2 Reservoir Fluid Dynamics, 1.14 Casing and Cementing, 3 Production and Well Operations, 4.1.5 Processing Equipment, 1.10.1 Drill string components and drilling tools (tubulars, jars, subs, stabilisers, reamers, etc), 4.2 Pipelines, Flowlines and Risers
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LIPARI, C.A., JUNIOR MEMBER AIME, GULF OIL CORP., MORGAN CITY, LA.
The Timbalier Bay field, covering 9,500 productive acres of inshore and offshore area, containing 81 productive horizons and some 434 reservoirs ranging in depth from 2,000 to 17,500 ft, presents a challenge to engineers. Reservoir mechanisms of many combinations make it necessary that water flooding, gas injection, attic oil recovery and other recovery methods be examined for possible application in this filed. This paper presents the history and characteristics of the field and the approaches taken by Gulf Oil Corp. in arriving at a system of operation in the coastal waters of South Louisiana.
The operation of an oil field in the coastal area of Louisiana is similar in many ways to operations elsewhere, but there is one significant difference. The operation takes place over a body of water. The logistics of an operation of this type require that all functions be coordinated carefully if the project is to be successful. Throughout 24 years of operating the Timbalier Bay field, Gulf Oil Corp. has employed more efficient equipment as it became available, and the most efficient operating practices known at the time. The purpose of this paper is to convey to the industry the history and the practices followed by Gulf Oil in developing this field in the coastal waters of South Louisiana.
Location and General Description
The Timbalier Bay oil and gas field is located in, and offshore from, Lafourche Parish, La. (Fig. 1). It is situated approximately 20 miles south of the town of Golden Meadow, 70 miles southeast of Morgan City (the area operational office) and 60 miles southwest of the city of New Orleans. The crest of the structure lies almost directly underneath East Timbalier Island. This low-lying island, averaging about 350-yd wide, is the site of the central Timbalier Bay field camp (Fig. 2) and separates the open waters of the Gulf of Mexico from the shallow Timbalier Bay waters. Access to the field is from the Leeville shore base, through Bayou Lafourche, into Timbalier Bay and the Gulf of Mexico, Presently, there are 410 completion intervals in 277 wells. Daily production is 33,826 STB of oil and 52 MMcf of gas. The productive portion of the field covers approximately 9,500 acres, The present lease arrangement (Fig. 3), within the present productive area of the field, consists of Gulf Oil Corp. as sole owner and operator of Louisiana State Lease "PP" 192, 1772 and 1773, and operator for the joint interest of the Louisiana State Leases 1423, 1483 and the Outer Continental Shelf Lease 0263, Block 21. Union Oil of California operates Louisiana State Leases 3088 and 3324, and Tenneco operates Louisiana State Lease 1369. Surrounding fields are (Fig. 1) Bay Marchand to the cast, Caillou Island to the west, Lake Raccourci to the north and South Timbalier Area Block 54 to the south.
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