Managing fractured carbonate reservoirs remains a challenge due to scarcity of data in the preliminary stages of appraisal and development of a field but even mature fields with more data have encountered similar challenges. Integration of data at the early stages of exploration can be as critical to the development of a field using data such as core, logs, FMI, seismic, and using geological analogues. Understanding the tectonic structural history of a carbonate basin, the facies distribution in relation to fractures, the magnitude of stress, and distribution of fluids is necessary to characterize the fracture systems in carbonate reservoirs. Fractured reservoir characterization in carbonate systems is critical in designing a project for evaluating and managing carbonate reservoirs. Several field studies provided insights to how the fracture network, its distribution and intensity, controls reserves and flow capability which dominate well performance. A workflow can be developed and provide solutions for each specific fractured carbonate reservoir using several methods such as generating geostatistical discrete fracture network (DFN), utilizing seismic techniques to assist in fracture description, and several reservoir modeling techniques.
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