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Title: Estimating distance to water front for edge water using derivative of pressure transient data


Authors: Muhammad Alrumah; Turgay Ertekin


College of Technological Studies, Public Authority for Applied Education and Training, Kuwait
Department of Energy and Mineral Engineering, Pennsylvania State University, 118 Hosler Building, University Park, PA 16802, USA


Abstract: New procedures are proposed to help estimate the distance to the discontinuity under certain conditions with good accuracy. These procedures can be applied using the derivative of the pressure buildup test data if the mobility ratio is less than unity. A 3-D numerical model is used to generate pressure transient data from synthetic data for a vertical well. The reservoir is considered as a composite reservoir where the inner zone contains the oil phase, and the outer zone contains the water phase. Some of the parameters that control the accuracy of the proposed analysis procedure are the producing time and the external reservoir radius. The procedures are useful in monitoring the position of the edge water front for future planning development purposes. [Received: April 12, 2014; Accepted: November 11, 2014]


Keywords: edge water monitoring; planning development; composite reservoirs; well testing; pressure buildup; interface location; water front; pressure transient data; numerical simulation; 3D modelling; vertical wells; oil wells; oil reservoirs.


DOI: 10.1504/IJOGCT.2016.073782


Int. J. of Oil, Gas and Coal Technology, 2016 Vol.11, No.1, pp.1 - 17


Available online: 22 Dec 2015



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