Scientific and practical activity

Monitoring of oil fields development


In order to make the best use of explored reserves of hydrocarbons the resource management system was created in KhMAO – Yugra. One of the basic parts of the system is the monitoring of technological parameters of the development. As a result of the collaboration of the administration of the Okrug and Research and Analytical Centre for the Rational Use of the Subsoil with oil companies by the end of 1996 it was possible to achieve the sufficient capacity of the information flow which ensures fuller use of explored reserves.

In 1994 in Research and Analytical Centre for the Rational Use of the Subsoil the Department for Monitoring of Oil Field Development was established. A multilevel information system for the control of the reserve recovery, analysis of implementations of technological solutions and realization of development schemes on the grounds of data of monthly production reports, project documents and work plans of subsoil users created in the Department. The staff of the Department received V.I. Muravlenko award for this system.

A fulfillment of project targets of oil fields development objects and fields in general, licensed plots, companies – subsoil users, 
administrative regions and the Okrug as a whole are monitored.

Monitoring over the process of the development is performed according to 53 parameters of 201 thousand wells at 299 licensed plots of 290 fields and characterizes the 46 subsoil user’s activities of the Okrug, 9 vertically-integrated oil companies and 14 independent subsoil users.

On the grounds of obtained results medium-term and long-term forecasts of oil production of the Okrug are made. The forecast of oil production and volumes of production drilling of the Okrug with differentiation of licensed plots and subsoil users up to 2035.

Besides, the development monitoring is a basis for the doing the research scientific project “Analytics of benchmarking of Company’s activities in the field of technological parameters of field development of KhMAO”. In terms of this project the comparative analysis of ways of field development of basic subsoil users of KhMAO – Yugra, comparison of efficiency of reserve recovery were conducted.

The Department conducts an expert appraisal and analysis of the efficiency of regularly used and new technological solutions on the enhanced oil production and efficiency of reserve recovery such as “nonconventional reservoirs” including sediments of Bazhenov suite. And also, the Department evaluates the effectiveness and prospects of the use of the technology of physical and chemical enhanced oil recovery together with the French Oil Institute.

The staff of the Department is accredited experts of the Eurasian Union of Experts on Subsoil Use and regularly performs work on the examination of project technical documentation for the development of fields and hydrodynamical models.

Performance of work on the preparation of project documents on oil field development, for instance:
– analysis of current state of oil reserve development and production;
– production of 3-D geological and hydrodynamical models;
– feasibility of project solutions and program of well intervention with an outlook for the further development.

Since 1994 nine Candidate's thesis and two Doctor’s thesis on the materials of Department’s work were defended.

ЕEvery year the expert analysis of materials of the performance of project targets for the previous year and plans of subsoil users for the current year is conducted.

Prepared materials are considered at the meeting of the workgroup for the monitoring of the performance of project targets of oil field development of KhMAO – Yugra under Subsurface Resources Management and Natural Resources Department of Khanty-Mansiysk Autonomous Okrug-Yugra and Rosnedra (Federal Agency for Subsoil Use) of the Ural Federal District.

Regulatory documents on the organization of the control of the reserve production and the implementation of project solutions during the oil field development on the territory of the Okrug were prepared:

– “Organization of the monitoring of the oil and gas-oil field development on the territory of Khanty-Mansiysk Autonomous Okrug” (Pre-standard 153-39.0-147-203);
– “Law of Khanty-Mansiysk Autonomous Okrug on hydrocarbon field development on the territory of Autonomous Okrug” (enacted by the Duma of Khanty-Mansiysk Autonomous Okrug on June 16, 1998);
– “Regulation of the organization of the information flows on the oil production in licensed subsoil plots of the Okrug” (1999).

The Department for Monitoring of Oil Field Development cooperates actively with Government authorities and oil companies in terms of the enhancement of the efficiency of the development of the resource base of KhMAO-Yugra.


Chernobrovkina Irina Vasilyevna