Virtual Metering and Wellbore Optimization Through Physics-based Wellbore Models

Abstract: Are you looking to improve production without the high capital tied to drilling more wells or expanding facilities? In 2021 Suncor and Madala Software, with the support of Alberta Innovates, conducted a project to deliver an automated Digital Twin pilot for production optimization. The objective was to deploy full-physics models of SAGD production wells in an online, cloud-based environment, using parameter estimation to calibrate the models to real-time production data and nonlinear optimization to provide automated surveillance and production optimization advice. Three gas-lift wells of varying vintages and instrumentation levels were selected for the project. Production increases from 11% to […]

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