This paper describes a new method for prediction of pore pressure and formation permeability from a kicking well. Getting reliable and accurate information about reservoir parameters (when the formation damage is minimal) is of critical importance for making proper well completion decisions. In addition, when a well kicks, inaccurate estimation of the formation pressure may cause loss of equipment and possibly the well and human lives. To combat the above problems, a conventional pressure analysis method is modified to predict the formation pore pressure and estimate directional formation permeabilities from a kicking well. The method is simple, and the only prerequisite is that the buildup data be collected upon shutting-in a kicking well. Examples of using simulated as well as actual field data, are provided to demonstrate the practical application of the method.

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