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Prudhoe Bay Unit, Niakuk Oil Pool
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Operator: BP Exploration (Alaska) Inc.
Index map
Discovery Well: Sohio
  Niakuk No. 5
  Permit No. 185-027
  API No. 50-029-21290-00-00
  Sec. 30, T12N, R16E, UM

Depth: 11,507’ MD / 10,643' TVD

April 18, 1985

Status: Producing
Location: Central Arctic Slope Area Location Map Unit Location Map DNR Unit Map
Orders: List of Orders Summary - Annotated References  
Summary:

The Niakuk Oil Pool is defined as the accumulation of oil and gas in the Kuparuk River Formation ("Kuparuk") that correlates with the interval between 12,318 feet and 12,942 feet measured depth (9351 feet and 9842 feet true vertical depth subsea) within well Niakuk No. 6. Regular production began from the pool in April 1994, and peaked at 37,172 barrels of oil per day in September 1996. During December 2004, Niakuk averaged 7,239 barrels of oil per day, 36,565 barrels of water per day, and 6,861 MCF of gas per day. In December 2009, the pool averaged 4,640 barrels of oil per day and 6,890 MCF of gas per day. For the first five months of 2011, production from the pool has averaged 3,540 barrels of oil per day Two drill sites contribute production from this pool: Niakuk (96.4% of production) and Lisburne L5 (3.6% of production). Since January 2006, the sharp decline in production for this pool has greatly diminished.


Geology:

Lateral heterogeneity and abrupt facies change characterize the Kuparuk in this area. The Niakuk reservoir contains two elongated, oil-bearing segments that do not appear to be in hydraulic communication. Normal faults bound the two segments on the north and south, and numerous moderate-displacement normal faults cut the reservoir. The western segment ("Segment 1") contains approximately 545 acres. The eastern segment ("Segment 2") contains approximately 1,310 acres. Porosity in Segment 1 varies from 15.2% to 24.4%, permeability varies from 6 to 1,250 millidarcies, and oil saturation ranges from 66% to 75%. In Segment 2, porosity ranges from 19.5% to 23.0%, permeability varies from 1 to 3,008 millidarcies, and oil saturation ranges from 67% to 79%. Reservoir temperature is 181° F, oil gravity measures 24.0 degrees API, and the estimated bubble point pressure is 3,835 psia. A gas-oil-contact has not been identified in the Niakuk wells.

 

  Strat Column Type Log
Production: Prod Chart NGL Chart        
  Oil (bbls) NGL (bbls) Gas (mcf) Water (bbls)
Cumulative 91,554,882 1,170,464 81,263,113 119,848,311
2005 Total
2,621,495 48.424 2,481,311 10,143,921
2006 Total
1,676,713 40,156 2,259,341 9,488,088
2007 Total
1,682,758 33,021 2,064,344 7,542,801
2008 Total
1,567,184 30,158 2,217,659 8,383,811
2009 Total
1,524,864 25,166 10,096,835 10,096,835
2010 Total
1,080,329 18,506 1,349,512 7,743,940
2011 Total
1,133,909 19,576 1,345,059 9,229,636
2007 Rate (b/d)
4,610 90 5,656 20,665
2008 Rate (b/d)
4,294 83 6,076 22,969
2009 Rate (b/d)
4,178 69 5,768 27,663
2010 Rate (b/d)
2,960 51 3,697 21,216
2011 Rate (b/d) 3,107 54 3,685 25,287
2008 Change (%)
-7 -8 7 11
2009 Change (%)
-3 -17 -5 20
2010 Change (%)
-29 -26 -87 -23
2011 Change (%)
5 6 0 19

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