Development of a retrograde condensate reservoir required accurate well productivity predictions for a capital commitment to gas processing facilities. Historically, Fussell identified that liquids condensing in the reservoir will result in a substantial productivity impairment. A single well model, which included a hydraulic fracture as part of the grid system, was developed to perform sensitivities for well test interpretation and to predict long term performance. Interesting results were obtained. The productivity of fractured wells was not impaired to the degree expected. Radial modelling confirmed the results obtained by Fussell. Current simulation technique allows for direct modelling of a hydraulic fracture instead of using an equivalent well bore radius. The distribution of pressure drawdown and condensate dropout around a hydraulic fracture results in limited productivity impairment. The methodology used and the results obtained are described.

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