As part of the strategy for the development of the resource base and the digitalization of production processes, Naftogaz Group has created the 3D Field Modeling & Visualization Center in Kharkiv. This is a unique center of competence for Ukraine's oil and gas industry in terms of the level of technical support, number of specialists and scope of work.
The center operates at the premises of the in-house research institute of Naftogaz Group - UkrNDIGas. It has equipped workspaces for a team of more than 50 model builders. This is the country's largest team of its kind. The center is equipped with state-of-the-art field modeling and visualization hardware and software.
3D field models created by the Center's specialists enable to refine the geological structure of hydrocarbon deposits, confirm their resource potential and modify development programs. They enable effective managerial decisions on drilling new wells, optimizing production, and implementing new infrastructure facilities.
“As part of our strategy, we are focusing on projects that will allow us to increase our resource base and production in the most efficient way. In-depth study of deposits minimizes risks and saves money. That is why we invest in the development of technologies that give us the most complete and up-to-date data on our fields. The 3D Modeling Center not only systematizes our work in this area and brings it to a whole new level, but also serves as a basis for comprehensive digitalization of the entire geology and development function,” said Oleksandr Romanyuk, Director of the Upstream Division of Naftogaz.
Naftogaz already has over twenty-five 3D field models, 20 of which are permanent 3D hydrodynamic models that provide accurate forecasts of hydrocarbon reserves and pay zone processes. Five more permanent geological and technological models are at the final stage.
One of the latest examples of how building a 3D model contributes to solving the company's problems is the drilling of production well No. 71 at Gadyatske field. The well site was chosen based on the results of simulation of the development dynamics and reserves drainage features. The resulting model yielded 95 TCM of gas per day.
It is worth mentioning that Naftogaz began active implementation of the modeling program back in 2016. Since then, 135 company employees have been trained to operate modern software systems (Petrel, Eclipse, Techlog) with a set of more than 400 functional modules.