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Using the results from automated petroleum engineering calculations to accelerate decision workflows
C. Fair, R. Flores, B. Hakim,
Published in Society of Petroleum Engineers
Volume: 2
Pages: 973 - 994
With the advent and common usage of high resolution tree gauges, downhole permanent pressure/temperature gauges, and continuous flow measurement, many of the common petroleum engineering calculations and analysis tools for production systems can and have been automated. These include: a) Well Test Analysis, b) Well Productivity, c) Static and Flowing Material Balances and Energy Balances. In addition, the use of rigorous wellbore thermal and phase behavior models allows the two gauges (wellhead and downhole) to be used as a giant differential pressure meter - making it possible to calculate gas rates and water cuts independently of the flow measurements, as well as mid-completion bottomhole pressure (BHP). The purpose of this paper is to present the basic physics involved in these calculations/analyses, as well as to discuss the implications that these processes will have on instrumentation selection and on engineering work flows. The crux of the argument for these types of automated systems is that it is much easier for an engineer to check the results than to spend his/her entire day just looking for useful information in the database, then analyzing it (or getting someone else to analyze it). Furthermore, being able to see the "big picture" - seeing what skin, perm, productivity and apparent hydrocarbon reservoir volumes are now and how they have changed with time, allows engineers to make quicker, more accurate decisions. The use of automated analysis also reduces bias - the computer doesn't care what the answer is. This paper will also include several case studies for both oil and gas wells. Copyright 2014, Society of Petroleum Engineers.
About the journal
JournalSociety of Petroleum Engineers - SPE Asia Pacific Oil and Gas Conference and Exhibition, APOGCE 2014 - Changing the Game: Opportunities, Challenges and Solutions
PublisherSociety of Petroleum Engineers