The ISAPP research program aims to increase hydrocarbon recovery, well productivity and field life time through the application of innovative reservoir development and management methods on smart wells and smart fields. Sufficient advancements can only be accomplished by a proper set-up and organization.

The two research organizations TNO and TU Delft drive the ISAPP-2 program. TNO has the final responsibility for the management of the ISAPP-2 program. Both organizations are complementary, as TU Delft has academic (pre-competitive) research as its main objective, while TNO’s main interest and strength lies in the area of development of tools and workflows for application in cases.

The consortium of partners is completed with the industrial organizations ENI, Statoil and Petrobras.

Program components

The ISAPP-2 R&D program consists of three components:

  1. Research
  2. Development
  3. Cases

The primary focus of the Research component is on pre-competitive knowledge development that will contribute to the knowledge position of ISAPP-2 and which may provide input for the components Development and Cases. Part of the financial contribution of each participating industrial organization is used for one or more projects at the TU Delft on specific agreed topics.

The (further) development of specific methods to become part software tools and workflows is the key activity of the Development component. These tools and workflows are delivered to the industrial partners to be applied for their own short-term or long-term production optimization studies. The development activities are being executed by TNO for one or more of the industrial partners.

In the Cases component one will focus on specific field cases as brought in by the industrial participants in ISAPP-2. With the latest methods and tooling, it is the purpose to let TNO study together with an industrial partner for such a field case for example the accomplishment of a sufficient accurate history matched reservoir model, determination of long-term production scenario’s under uncertainty, the feasibility for application of model order reduction.

Relevant links to research groups involved in the ISAPP-2 program concern:

TU Delft Department of Geoscience & Engineering
Research on smart fields and smart wells at TU Delft as part of ISAPP-2 is mainly performed in the Department of Geoscience & Engineering.

TNO Geoscience
Groups from TNO active in ISAPP-2 on long-term production optimization aspects of smart wells and smart fields reside in TNO's Geoscience department.

TNO Heat Transfer & Fluid Dynamics
Short-term production optimization aspects of smart wells and smart fields are covered for ISAPP-2 in TNO's Heat Transfer & Fluid Dynamics group

TNO Applied Geosciences
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