Reservoir Potential Evaluation

This is where we help clients set objectives, determine commercial viability and choose a direction.

Go or No-Go?

We give companies a clear picture of quality of pay, producibility, cost of entry and other critical factors so they can decide whether or not to pursue a particular play.

Existing Data

Unique petrophysical technology provides NUTECH with a new approach to evaluate data in all environments:

  • Conventional
  • Low contrast/low resistivity
  • Shale or resource plays
  • Naturally fractured reservoirs
  • Complex lithologies

To gain a base understanding of the reservoir, we will review any vintage of log data, including:

  • Full triple combo log data
  • Resistivity with a single porosity device
  • Resistivity-only logs when paired with additional data from offsetting wells

If core or cuttings samples are available, NUTECH laboratories will analyze the samples in order to validate the petrophysical models.

The Reservoir Model

Available structure and seismic maps are utilized in the development of the reservoir model, which then integrates all of the individual well log attributes in order to model porosity, permeability, vclay, brittleness, oil/gas in place, water saturation and total organic carbon (TOC).

Completion and reservoir engineers assess and match historical production, perform drainage area studies, forecast production and determine estimated ultimate recovery potential (EUR).

Targeting Opportunities

Once the data has been synthesized, our teams are able to look for opportunities even ahead of current trends.

  • Petrophysicists identify appropriate comparison type logs to the reservoir.
  • Reservoir engineers and geologists identify sweet spots, or the highest probabilities for success.
  • Engineers evaluate horizontal versus vertical opportunities by estimating production through calibrated design.
  • Reservoir engineers estimate project economics and draft initial development plans.

Expanded Global Interest

NUTECH’s experience includes both conventional and unconventional reservoirs. With the expanding global interest in unconventional opportunities, NUTECH serves as an important partner in determining the viability of an unproven prospect.

Many of our projects focus on our unconventional expertise within the United States in order to draw important comparisons to new shale discoveries in countries with limited unconventional experience.

Relevant Questions

What is critical to reservoir success?

There are 8 critical elements you must understand about any reservoir. They are:

  • Effective Porosity
  • Total Organic Carbon (TOC)
  • Permeability
  • Volume of Clay (VClay)
  • Saturation
  • Mineralogy
  • Brittleness
  • Rock Competency

From an interpretive standpoint, our integrated analysis focuses on defining the reservoir prior to any recommendations regarding its value. NUTECH's technical disciplines allow us to define all of these elements in-house with data, managed by the Reservoir Intelligence team.

How does your experience help decrease your clients’ learning curve in a reservoir?

NUTECH’s database consists of both core calibrated petrophysical models and production calibrated stimulation designs from nearly every basin around the globe. This interpreted database allows NUTECH great efficiencies when working in either well characterized basins or undefined exploration environments. When we are able to find comparable rocks from similar depositional systems, our uncalibrated models can become quickly attuned to a new reservoir. Once we understand the elements of the reservoir, NUTECH quickly has a model for production.

What is the Reservoir Intelligence process?

NUTECH focuses on understanding your needs, your current problems and your future goals. Once defined we will conduct a feasibility study if needed in order to characterize the reservoir. Following our initial analysis, NUTECH’s Reservoir Intelligence (RI) team will present a project scope aimed to provide solutions for your needs. Upon agreement, a Project Lead and supporting RI team will be assigned in order to deliver results. The Project Lead acts as your constant conduit for communication and project updates through project delivery.

What types of clients does NUTECH work with?

We work with every player in upstream oilfield operations. Clients include operators, oilfield service companies, transaction advisors, as well as capital funding and investment groups. Projects cover all phases of a reservoir’s life cycle from Green Field exploration, Gold Field validation and optimization, to Brown Field extraction.

Does NUTECH focus more on conventional or unconventional reservoirs?

Both. NUTECH’s early work focused on identifying bypassed pay and free water in conventional reservoirs. Our interpretations are based upon a unique textural approach that accurately determines hydrocarbon pore volume and permeability. Over the last 10 years NUTECH has been a driving force in the unconventional “shale” plays. Our ability to combine our key petrophysical parameters with our mechanical properties and core output is second to none.

This isn't just characterization of the reservoir. This improves every facet of E&P.
More accurate evaluation. Stronger development strategy. Smarter completions. Better results.
The science of reservoir intelligence isn't new. But the application, the way we do it, is changing everything.
We have completed full field studies on some of the most prolific basins in the world. Jump-start your exploration right here.
In addition to hydrocarbon production, the chief purveyors of reservoir intelligence have passion for the industry and the community.