The feasibility of detecting and accurately estimating gas desorption parameters from a history match of Devonian shale well-test pressure data is examined. Both drawdown and buildup tests are analyzed, and based on the results of these analyses a desorption-specific well-test design is proposed. The results from a simulated desorption-specific test suggest that it is possible to characterize gas desorption from a well test with reasonable accuracy, even when the effects of desorption are partially masked by wellbore storage and skin effects.

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