An empirical correlation to relate estimated vertical permeability from a horizontal-well test to actual vertical permeability

F. H. Boukadi, A. S. Bemani, M. Jabri, V. P. Singh

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Abstract

Field data are requisite in order to set up a realistic reservoir model capable of predicting the dynamic field behavior during the development stage of an oilfield. Well testing is considered as one of the most useful methods for obtaining reservoir and wellbore data. Numerous analytical models are utilized in analyzing vertical-well pressure transient tests, however, horizontal-well transient tests analysis has been considered as a more difficult undertaking. In this article, well test data of a horizontal well are simulated for homogeneous isotropic and anisotropic reservoirs. The data are later used in order to develop an empirical correlation that ratifies the vertical reservoir permeability estimated by well testing.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1334-1341
Number of pages8
JournalEnergy Sources, Part A: Recovery, Utilization and Environmental Effects
Volume32
Issue number14
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2010

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Well testing
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Keywords

  • Actual
  • Correlation
  • Estimated
  • Horizontal well test
  • Vertical permeability

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Nuclear Energy and Engineering
  • Fuel Technology
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology

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