Well test is one of the crucial steps required to forecast production investments of their fields. However, the operators face many challenges such as reduced capex, exploration budgets, and bad weather conditions that limit the well testing time window. To overcome these challenges, an automated well testing platform enabled a real time monitoring and controlling more zones in a single run for appraisal wells in the Sea of Okhotsk, Russia.

This article highlights the test objectives, the job planning, and automated execution of wirelessly enabled operations in very hostile conditions and limited time period. The use of a telemetry system to well test seven zones allowed real-time data acquisition, control of critical downhole equipment, data transmission to the operator's office in town. Various operational cases will be discussed to demonstrate how automated data acquisition and downhole operations control has optimized operations for both the service company and the operator.

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