Uncertainty, IOR and smart wells

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Uncertainty accompanies us everywhere: in our daily life, in developing new technologies, forecasting supply and demand of energy resources, oil and gas prices and many other things.


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In our professional activity we deal with the uncertainty continuously: in making lab experiments and processing their results, building reservoir description and running reservoir simulation models.


There are several methods to reduce uncertainty in geological characterization discussed in the lecture. All of them are helping to reduce uncertainty in our models, however, unable to reduce it substantially.


It looks like the uncertainty is everlasting, is the curse of oil and gas modeling and the obstacle for getting reliable results with required accuracy.


The lecture focusses on application of smart well technology that could be considered as effective tool to cope with the uncertainty. As shown in the lecture, high technology wells do not reduce the reservoir uncertainty. However, application of high-tech assemblies results in mitigated uncertainty impact on reservoir performance. In other words, simple tools acting in accordance with simple algorithms can effectively enhance reservoir performance.


Several examples of the improved reservoir performance obtained by using ordinary waterflooding and sophisticated IOR methods together with smart wells discussed in the presentation. As follows from these examples uncertainty, being the “hostile” element could become an ally subject to proper treatment therewith.


About Author:

Professor Anatoly Zolotukhin is the Counsellor and the Research Director of the Institute for Arctic Petroleum Technologies at the Gubkin Russian State University (National Research University) of Oil and Gas.


Since 2008 he is the Vice President of the World Petroleum Council.


In 2016, after 25 years of service for the University of Stavanger, Anatoly has been appointed as Professor Emeritus of the University. He also holds honorary degrees from Murmansk State Technical University and The Northern Arctic Federal University (Arkhangelsk). Since 2014 Professor Zolotukhin is appointed as Chaired professor of Drilling, Reservoir and Production Engineering at the Northern Arctic Federal University.


Dr. Zolotukhin is a member of the following four academies:


  • Russian Academy of Natural Sciences,

  • International Eurasian Academy,

  • International Academy of Technology,

  • Norwegian Scientific Academy of Polar Research.


Dr. Zolotukhin is SPE Distinguished Lecturer 2013-2014.




M.S.                             Reservoir Engineering            Moscow Gubkin Institute,       1969


Ph.D                             Fluid Mechanics          Moscow Gubkin Institure,       1973


M.S.                             Applied Mathematics Moscow State University,       1977




Fellow                          Reservoir Engineering            Stanford University,                1978/79


Doctor of Technical


Sciences                      Reservoir Engineering            Moscow Gubkin Institute,       1990




Academic record – since 1969. Professor at Gubkin University since 1990, at University of Stavanger – 1991-2014. Statoil – project manager 1999-2003, Technical Director, Moscow office – 2004-2008. Since 2008 – with Gubkin University.


During professional career published 21 textbooks and monographs and more than 145 technical papers. Participated in more than 50 industry projects too numerous to count.Dr. Zolotukhin is the author of more than 160 works, among them 21 monographs and textbooks.


Dr. Zolotukhin has 12 awards. The latest (June 25 2016) - Gold Medal for exceptional professional achievements and the enclosed Certificate of the Diplomatic Mission European awarded by Scientific-Industrial Chamber of the European Union






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