It has long been proved experimentally that the tight gas sands are more pronounced to stress changes as compared to moderate and high permeability reservoirs because of the narrow flow channels of the formation [1]. The consideration of the effect of stress in the evaluation and production performance of tight gas reservoirs is very important in order to make right decisions regarding their development. Due to hydrocarbon production, the effective stress increases causing a reduction in permeability and porosity of the porous medium.

The conventional pressure transient analysis techniques in gas wells based on constant permeability would become unreliable [2]. Consequently, the incorrect evaluation of permeability leads towards wrong decision regarding well stimulation. Also the inflow performance modeling of tight gas reservoirs based on constant permeability will not be corrected as far as evaluation of well's production potential is concerned.

Few studies on tight gas reservoirs considering the effect of stress sensitive permeability used the Raghavan's stress dependent pseudo-pressure approach [3] for which pressure vs. permeability data was determined experimentally. But, if laboratory data is not available then there is need to develop an analytical approach to generate the pressure vs. permeability data required for the use of stress dependent pseudo-pressure in reservoir evaluation and production performance studies in tight gas reservoirs.

The objective of this paper is to develop an analytical approach, in the absence of lab data, to generate pressure vs. permeability data for the determination of stress dependent pseudo-pressure. This stress dependent pseudo-pressure is used for well test analysis to determine the stress sensitive formation permeability and also to generate production performance in tight gas reservoirs. The developed technique has also been implemented on the field data of a tight gas reservoir tovalidate the results by using actual well's production history.

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