A successful horizontal well project requires well-defined management objectives. These objectives may include increase of production rate, acceleration of reserves, addition of low cost reserves, improvement of economic benefit, etc. These objectives can be achieved by 1) reducing undesirable fluid production and thereby, reducing surface facility cost, 2) producing "lost" reserves in thin oil rim, 3) reducing the number of injection and production wells required for development of a new field, redevelopment of a mature field or infill drilling program, and 4) bringing on-stream currently unused wells by sidetracking.

The purpose of this paper is to review the applications of horizontal wells in reservoir management, discuss its advantages and summarize the reservoir parameters that are critical for a commercially successful project

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