This paper presents an integrated technique for evaluating the production performance of gas wells with finite-conductivity vertical fractures. Our methodology combines conventional pressure transient test analysis with new material balance decline type curves developed specifically for gas wells with finite-conductivity, vertical fractures. We utilize short-term pressure buildup test analysis to enhance the production data analysis, particularly for interpretation of early-time transient flow behavior. We illustrate—with several field cases—that both techniques can be integrated to provide not only a more consistent and systematic analysis methodology, but also a more accurate assessment of stimulation effectiveness.

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