Equinor releases massive data set from decommissioned Volve oilfield

Open data supplied in Eclipse, OpenWorks, RMS and Witsml formats.

Equinor (former Statoil), along with partners ExxonMobil and Bayerngas have released a comprehensive dataset into the public domain covering its decommissioned Volve oilfield. Jannicke Nilsson, Equinor’s chief operating officer, said, ‘We believe that this data will be very useful and will further learning and experience transfer across industry and academia.’ Discovered in 1993, Volve was shut down in 2016, having produced some 63 million barrels. Removal and decommissioning will be completed by the end of 2018. The field produced from the Jurassic Hugin formation at depths of around 3,000 meters.

The released includes production data, well design, completion string design, seismic data, well logs (petrophysical and drilling), geological and stratigraphic data, static and dynamic models, surface and grid data. The released data formats are in themselves of interest. These include some proprietary ‘standards’ (Eclipse, OpenWorks, RMS), some PDF reports and Witsml real time drilling data. The 7GB well data file contains a mixture of Ascii, DLIS, PDFs and TIF images. Volve students will be confronted with some serious data management issues before they start interpreting. All part of the learning experience!

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