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Title: Recovery of bypassed oil in the Dundee formation using horizontal drains

The principal objective of this project is to demonstrate the feasibility and economic success of producing oil from abandoned or nearly abandoned fields in the Dundee Formation of Central Michigan using horizontal drilling technology. A site for a horizontal well was selected in Crystal Field, a nearly-abandoned Dundee oil field in Michigan. This field had produced over 8 million barrels of oil, mostly in the 1930`s and 1940`s. At the height of development, Crystal Field produced from 193 wells, but by 1995, only seven producing wells remained, each producing less than 10 bbls/day. A horizontal well was drilled as a field demonstration pilot, funded through this DOE project, and was immensely successful. Core and logs from the Dundee interval were recovered from a vertical borehole at the same surface location. The horizontal well was brought on production at a rate of 100 bbls/day and is probably capable of producing at a higher rate. `The addition of several horizontal wells, similar to the demonstration well, will likely add another 2 million bbls (or more) to the cumulative production of the field over the next few years. The presence of untapped oil in this Dundee field was dramatically demonstrated and the favorablemore » economics were made clearly evident. Additional project work comprises characterization of 30 Dundee fields in Michigan to aid in determining appropriate candidates for development through horizontal drilling. Further quantification of reservoir parameters such as importance of fracturing, fracture density, and irregularity of the dolomitized surface at the top of the reservoir will help in designing the optimal strategy for horizontal drilling. Technical progress is presented for the following tasks: project management; reservoir characterization; data measurement and analysis; database management; geochemical and basin modeling; and technology transfer.« less
Authors:
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
259360
Report Number(s):
DOE/BC/14983--9
ON: DE96011710
DOE Contract Number:
FC22-94BC14983
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Resource Relation:
Other Information: PBD: 30 Apr 1996
Research Org:
Michigan Technological Univ., Houghton, MI (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE, Washington, DC (United States)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
02 PETROLEUM; MICHIGAN; OIL FIELDS; OIL WELLS; SITE CHARACTERIZATION; DIRECTIONAL DRILLING; PROGRESS REPORT; TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER; WELL LOGGING; DRILL CORES; GEOCHEMISTRY