Field Applications of a Semianalytical Model of Multilateral Wells in Multilayer Reservoirs
- Yan Pan (Chevron) | Medhat M. Kamal (Chevron) | Jitendra Kikani (Chevron)
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- Society of Petroleum Engineers
- SPE Reservoir Evaluation & Engineering
- Publication Date
- December 2010
- Document Type
- Journal Paper
- 861 - 872
- 2010. Society of Petroleum Engineers
- 1.8 Formation Damage, 5.1 Reservoir Characterisation, 5.1.1 Exploration, Development, Structural Geology
- Pressure Transient Analysis, Multilayer Reservoirs, Multilateral Wells, Well Performance Evaluation
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Advanced drilling technology has been widely and successfully applied to construct multilateral wells in reservoirs. This paper presents several field applications of a generalized semianalytical segmented model accounting for multilateral-well systems in commingled layered reservoirs. Cases include a heavy-oil field, Al Rayyan oil field offshore Qatar, and Dos Cuadras field offshore California.
The model can predict the production performance under either constant-rate or constant-pressure conditions of a well system with any number of arbitrarily oriented laterals of any length and nonuniform formation damage. The reservoir layers, with different porosities, anisotropic permeabilities, and drainage areas, are noncommunicating except through the wellbore. The solution is valid for large reservoirs and when no-flow or constant-pressure boundaries affect the pressure behavior.
Results of applying this method in the field cases showed that the model enabled us to predict multilateral-well performance, to obtain information about reservoir connectivity, and to estimate well and reservoir properties in a multilayer system. Uncertainty caused by the large number of unknown parameters in such a complex system represents the main challenge in using this method. It is recommended to use other means together with pressure transient data to reduce the uncertainty.
The presented model and the lessons learned from the field applications provide engineers with a tool enabling the use of transient data collected from multilateral wells in multilayer systems for reservoir characterization and performance forecast.
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