Optimising Exploration in Africa’s Agadem Basin using bMark™ – A Case Study

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Located in the Agadem basin of Niger, onshore Africa, lies a promising yet challenging oil exploration landscape. A Chinese company had made extensive field discoveries in the area, but production remained limited. However, holding significant prospective acreage in the basin, Our Client sought to unlock its full potential. Leveraging innovative techniques and data analysis, Our Client embarked on a journey to optimize exploration and development strategies, ultimately aiming to kick-start production in the region.

Challenges Faced:

Despite promising discoveries, the Agadem basin posed several challenges. Limited production history and geological complexities made it difficult to accurately assess the potential of the area. Our Client recognized the need for robust data analysis and innovative approaches to overcome these challenges and make informed decisions regarding exploration and development.

Solution: Leveraging bMark™ and Data Trends:

Our Client partnered with Belltree and leveraged bMark™, a cutting-edge data analysis tool, to enhance their understanding of the Agadem basin. Before and after a significant five-well exploration drilling campaign, our Client utilized bMark™ data trends to stress-test their pre-drill geological and development assumptions. This approach allowed them to refine their strategies and ensure they were based on accurate and reliable data.

RF% Benchmarking and Calibration:

A crucial aspect of our Client’s strategy was RF% benchmarking, which served to constrain and calibrate material balance and simulation modeling workflows. This step was essential in ensuring that results were not overly optimistic, given the limited production history of the area. By incorporating RF% benchmarking, our Client could validate their assumptions and make more realistic projections regarding production potential.

Field Development Plan:

Following a successful exploration campaign, our Client proceeded to develop a comprehensive field development plan. They formally submitted the plan for an initial Early Production Scheme, marking a significant milestone in their efforts to unlock the potential of the Agadem basin. The plan aimed to kick-start development and pave the way for sustainable production in the region.

Results and Implications:

The implementation of innovative techniques and data-driven strategies yielded promising results for our Client. By leveraging bMark™ data trends, RF% benchmarking, and rigorous analysis, they were able to optimize exploration and development strategies in the Agadem basin. The successful submission of the field development plan marked a significant step forward in the journey towards unlocking the region’s full potential.

Our Client’s success underscores the value of proactive planning, rigorous analysis, and strategic decision-making in navigating complex exploration landscapes. As the industry continues to evolve, such approaches will remain crucial in maximizing the potential of untapped reserves and driving sustainable growth.

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