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Volume :25 Issue : 1 1998      Add To Cart                                                                    Download

Numerical modeling of Umm-Gudair well field, Kuwait

Auther : F. M. AL-RUWAIH

Geology Department, Kuwait University, P.O. Box 5969, Safat, 13060, Kuwait

  ABSTRACT

The study area, Umm-Gudair field, is located in the southwest of Kuwait near the Kuwait- Saudi Arabia border. It occupies an area of 450 Km the Umm-Gudair field includes 41 production wells screened in the Kuwait Group and the Dammam Formation (dual-corn pletion well). The field production started on October, 1986 with 54,550 m increased to the present production of 1 13,650 m In countries located in arid and semi-arid regions such as Kuwait, groundwater is a major water supply source. The groundwater modeling aims to duplicate the hydrogeological conditions with a view to predict the consequences of proposed activity in the aquifer. Detailed studies of groundwater potentiometnc heads are essential for the development of the effective and long-term water pumping policies and water management, especially in Kuwait where the groundwater is pumped out at a high rate. Numerical techniques define the contribution of each aquifer to the total groundwater production and predict the future performance of the field. Model studies show that, in the Umm-Gudair field, most of the groundwater is produced from the Dammam Formation. Moreover, the calculated drawdown value is 16.50 m at the present production rate of 1 13,650 m and the projected future drawdown is 26.40 m when the production increases to 181,840 m for the Dammam Formation, for the period 1993—2012. The drawdown values of the Kuwait Group aquifer are 5.81 m and 8.96 m for the present and future production rates of 1 13,650 m and 181,840 m respectively, for the period 1991-2012.

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