Evaluation of Intelligent Wells Performance in a Five-Spot Arrangement

Alhaji Grema, Usman Taura

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The efficiency of water flooding processes can be improved by installing intelligent wells which are good candidates for control and optimization. Optimal control theory based on adjoint formulations was found to be efficient for reservoir optimization. However, this solution approach is local and may not be suitable for comparing design alternatives. In this work, an approach for determining an optimal starting point for optimal control theory procedure was developed to give near global optima. The performance in terms of net present value (NPV) of two forms of five-spot pattern was compared. The method results to similar performances of the two alternatives because it was formulated to give true optimal solution trajectories. It was found that regular five-spot pattern results to an NPV in excess of $4,900 over inverted design. Respective increase in oil and water productions of 0.23% and 0.22% were recorded for former design against the later
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)78
Number of pages82
JournalFUOYE Journal of Engineering and Technology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2020


  • Intelligent wells
  • adjoint
  • Optimal control
  • waterflooding

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