Actual field data show linear flow in a large number of tight gas wells. Sometimes this linear flow is transient for years. Linear flow is normally associated with hydraulic fractures. Short-term linear flow production analysis may characterize fracture treatments, but long-term linear flow production may be controlled in some cases by the reservoir geometry; in others, it is controlled by the natural occurring reservoir properties. In this paper, long-term linear flow caused by both the presence of natural parallel fractures and vertical flow in a high permeability streak is investigated. An analytical matrix-parallel fracture model for a single-phase flow is presented. A systematic procedure to analyze linear flow in tight gas wells is described. Application of this methodology to production analysis from several tight gas wells and validation of the results by using numerical simulation are also shown.

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