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Halliburton 3D reservoir modelling technology provides new logging-while-drilling capabilities

Halliburton, one of the world's largest oil field service companies, has developed new 3D reservoir modelling technology that enables oil companies to visualise an oil reservoir’s characteristics during the drilling process. The new technology helps to identify potential hazards and zero in on optimal drilling locations. PIF takes a closer look at this exciting new logging-while-drilling technology for the oil and gas industry.

Houston-based Halliburton has introduced 3D reservoir modelling, a new logging-while-drilling (LWD) capability, that provides a detailed representation of subsurface structures to improve well placement in complex reservoirs.

Advanced 3d reservoir modelling technology

The so-called “3D inversion” process is an advanced reservoir modelling technique that reveals overlooked features, such as faults, water zones, or local structural variations that can considerably alter the optimal landing trajectory of a well. In geosteering applications, the technology maximises contact with oil and gas zones while modelling the surrounding formation to identify bypassed oil, avoid drilling hazards and plan for future development.

“This unique technology moves beyond layered reservoir models to full 3D characterisation of the reservoir, enabling accurate well placement,” said Lamar Duhon, vice president of Sperry Drilling. “In complex formations, visualising data in a 3D environment helps operators significantly enhance reservoir understanding to drive better drilling decisions and maximise asset value.”

Logging-while-drilling enables more accurate well placement

The 3D capability originates from downhole measurements taken by the  EarthStar ultra-deep resistivity service, an LWD sensor that identifies reservoir and fluid boundaries up to 225 feet (68 meters) from the wellbore. This range more than doubles the depth of detection of other industry offerings.

An operator in the North Sea recently deployed the 3D capability in a field with a long history of production and water injection. The data allowed the operator to better assess the movement of reservoir fluids and visualise fault boundaries, which supported more accurate well placement and increased production.

About Halliburton

Founded in 1919, Halliburton is celebrating 100 years of service as one of the world's largest providers of products and services to the energy industry. With 60,000 employees, representing 140 nationalities in more than 80 countries, the company helps its customers to maximise value throughout the lifecycle of the reservoir – from locating hydrocarbons and managing geological data, to drilling and formation evaluation, well construction and completion, and optimising production throughout the life of the asset.

For more information, visit www.halliburton.com.

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Halliburton is a leading products and services provider to the energy industry. Founded in 1919, the company has over 60,000 employees worldwide, representing 140 nationalities in more than 80 different countries.

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