Hydraulic fracturing process is an important stimulation technique that has been widely used in conventional and unconventional oil and gas reservoirs. The technique involves creation of fracture or fracture system in porous medium to overcome wellbore damage, to improve oil and gas productivity in low permeability reservoirs or to increase production in secondary recovery operations.
This paper introduces a new technique for interpreting pressures behavior of a horizontal well with multiple hydraulic fractures. The well extends in multi-boundary reservoirs having different configurations. The hydraulic fractures in this model can be longitudinal or transverse, vertical or inclined, symmetrical or asymmetrical. The fractures are propagated in isotropic or anisotropic formations and considered having different dimensions and different spacing. The study has shown that pressure responses and flow regimes are significantly influenced by both reservoir's boundaries and fractures' dimensions. Different flow regimes have been observed for different conditions.
New flow regimes have been introduced in this study. The first one is the early radial flow regime which represents the radial flow around each fracture in the vertical plane resulted due to the partial vertical penetration of hydraulic fractures. The second one is the second linear flow regime which represents the linear flow toward each fractures in the vertical plane normal to the wellbore resulted due to the long spacing between fractures. Third one is the third linear flow regime which represents the linear flow in the vertical plane parallel to the wellbore after the pressure pulse reaches the upper and lower impermeable boundaries.
Horizontal wells with multiple hydraulic fractures have become a common occurrence in the oil and gas industry, especially in tight formations. Published models assume that hydraulic fractures are fully penetrating the formations. However, studies have shown that fractures are not always fully penetrating the formations.
This paper introduces a new technique for analyzing the pressure behavior of a horizontal well with multiple vertical and inclined partially penetrating hydraulic fractures. The hydraulic fractures in this model could be longitudinal or transverse, vertical or inclined, symmetrical or asymmetrical. The fractures are propagated in isotropic or anisotropic formations and considered having different dimensions and different spacing. This technique, based on pressure and pressure derivative concept, can be used to calculate various reservoir parameters, including directional permeability, fracture length and percentage of penetration. The study has shown that the pressure behavior of small penetration rate is similar to the horizontal wells without hydraulic fractures.
A type curve matching technique has been applied using the plots of the pressure and pressure derivative curves. A set of type curves, which will be included in the paper, have been generated for the partially penetrating hydraulic fractures associated to the horizontal wells with different penetration rates. A step-by-step procedure for analyzing pressure tests using these type curves is also included in the paper for several numerical examples.
The reliability of the estimated parameters in well test analysis depends on the accuracy of measured data. Early time data are usually controlled by the wellbore storage effect. However, this effect may last for the pseudo-radial flow or the boundary dominated flow. Eliminating this effect is an option for restoring the real data. Using the data with this effect is another option that can be used successfully for reservoir characterization.
This paper introduces a new technique for interpreting the pressure behavior of horizontal wells and fractured formations with wellbore storage. A new analytical model describes the early time data has been derived for both horizontal wells and horizontal wells intersecting multiple hydraulic fractures. Several models for the relationships of the peak points with the pressure, pressure derivative and time have been proposed in this study for different wellbore storage coefficients. A complete set of type curves has been included for different wellbore lengths, skin factors and wellbore storage coefficients. The study has shown that early radial flow for short to moderate horizontal wells is the most affected flow regime by the wellbore storage. For long horizontal wells, the early linear flow is the most affected flow regime by the wellbore storage effect.
The most important finding in this study is the ability to run a short test and use the early time data only for characterizing the formation. This means there is no need to run a long time test to reach the pseudo-steady state. Therefore, from the wellbore storage dominated flow, the early radial and pseudo-radial flow can be established for horizontal wells and hydraulic fractured formations. A step-by-step procedure for analyzing pressure tests using the analytical models (TDS) and the type curves is also included in this paper for several numerical examples.
Asphaltic and sand production problems are common production challenges in the petroleum industry. Asphaltic problem results from the depositions of heavy material (asphaltene) in the vicinity of the well which may cause severe formation damage. Asphaltic materials are expected to deposit in all type of reservoirs. Sand production refers to the phenomenon of solid particles being produced together with the petroleum fluids. These two problems represent a major concern in oil and gas production systems either in the wellbore section or in the surface treatment facilities. Production data, well logging, laboratory testing, acoustic, intrusive sand monitoring devices, and analogy are different techniques used to predict sand production. This paper introduces a new technique to predict and quantify the skin factor resulting from asphaltene deposition and/or sand production using pressure transient analysis.
Pressure behavior and flow regimes in the vicinity of horizontal wellbore are extremely influenced by this skin factor. Analytical models for predicting this problem and determining how many zones of the horizontal well that are affected by sand production or asphaltic deposition have been introduced in this study. These models have been derived based on the assumption that wellbore can be divided into multi-subsequent segments of producing and non-producing intervals. Producing intervals represent free flowing zones while non producing intervals represent zones where perforations are closed because of sand or asphaltic deposits.
The effective length of the segments of a horizontal well where sand and/or asphaltene are significantly closing the perforations can be calculated either from the early radial or linear flow. Similarly, the effective length of the undamaged segments can be determined from these two flow regimes. The numbers of the damaged and undamaged zones can be calculated either from the intermediate radial (secondary radial) or linear flow if they are observed. If both flow regimes are not observed, the zones can be calculated using type curve matching technique. The paper will include the main type-curves, step-by-step procedure for interpreting the pressure test without using type curve matching technique when all necessary flow regimes are observed. A step-by-step procedure for analyzing pressure tests using the type-curve matching technique will also be presented. The procedure will be illustrated by several numerical examples.
Productivity index and inflow performance of horizontal wells intersecting multiple hydraulic fractures are of great importance. This importance comes from the fact that the fracturing process has become a common stimulation technique in the petroleum industry. However, few models for the productivity index and inflow performance have been presented in the literatures due to the complexity governing this topic.
This paper introduces a new technique for estimating the pseudo-steady state productivity index of horizontal wells intersecting multiple hydraulic fractures. Based on the instantaneous source solutions for the diffusivity equation, seven analytical models have been derived for different source solutions. Four of them represent the effect of the formation height and fracture height (the vertical direction), while the other three represent the solution for the horizontal plane. For vertical hydraulic fractures, the four solutions of the vertical direction, representing the pseudo-skin factor, are almost neglected. The three horizontal plane solutions are the main parameters that control the productivity index and inflow performance of the fractured formations. In this technique, the horizontal wells are acting in finite reservoirs where the pseudo-steady state flow is expected to develop. Reservoir geometry, reservoir properties, and fracture dimensions were considered in this technique. The number of fractures and the spacing between them were also investigated in this study. A new analytical model for estimating the required number of hydraulic fractures has been introduced in this study based on the reservoir drainage area and the surface area of fractures.
The models have been used to establish several plots to estimate the shape factor group based on the number of fractures and the half fracture length. This group is one of the main terms in the productivity index model. Several plots for the shape factor of fractured formations have been introduced in this study. The results obtained from the new technique have been compared with the results from previous models. Several numerical examples will be included in the paper.
Closed perforations and damaged sections are two great challenges in the petroleum industry. Several reasons may cause these problems. Few of them depend on the type of formation and wellbore while others come from drilling, completion and stimulation activates before production process. Production rate and pressure drop may lead significantly to these two problems; therefore, production management sometimes plays great role in controlling them. Millions of dollars are spent annually for the remedial process of these two problems. Therefore the prediction of them is considered of great importance as an attempt to control them or reduce their negative impact on wellbore deliverability.
This paper introduces a new technique to predict closed perforations and damaged sections problems using pressure transient analysis. Pressure behaviors and flow regimes in the vicinity of horizontal wellbores are affected by the existence of the closed perforated zones and the formation sections where the resistance to reservoir fluid flow toward the wellbore is maximized. This resistance occurs because of the damaged permeability and high skin factor. Analytical models for predicting these problems and determining how many zones of the horizontal well that are considerably affected by them have been introduced in this study. These models have been derived based on the assumption that wellbore can be divided into multi-subsequent segments of producing and non-producing intervals. Producing intervals represent free flowing zones where there is no problem and both formation and wellbore are assumed to be clean. Non-producing intervals represent zones where both formation and wellbore's perforations are closed or damaged.
The effective length of horizontal well where the perforated zones and the formation sections can not be considered problematic and the damaged length where both of them are significantly closed and damaged can be calculated. The numbers of the damaged zones can be calculated also. In addition, the locations of the damaged sections or closed perforated zones can be determined. Type-curve matching technique and the analytical models can be used for this purpose.
Horizontal wells with multiple hydraulic fractures have been used widely in the oil and gas industry. In published literatures, hydraulic fractures are assumed to be fully penetrating the formations. Recent studies have shown that partially penetrating fractures are more likely to occur rather than fully penetrating fractures
The purpose of this study is to formulate an analytical model describing the pressure behavior of a horizontal well with partially penetrating hydraulic fractures. This model is used to develop a technique, based on pressure and pressure derivative concept, for interpreting pressure transient tests and forecasting productivity of the well. The fractures in this study were assumed to propagate in an infinite homogenous porous system. Further more, the fractures were assumed to be vertical and inclined. Six main flow regimes can be observed for hydraulic fractures: linear, early radial, second linear, intermediate radial, third linear or elliptical and pseudo-radial flow. Early radial flow represents the radial flow around each fracture may develop for the cases of small penetrating rate. Intermediate radial flow is expected to develop for the case of wide spacing between fractures. Third linear flow may develop for the case of high number of fracture with short spacing between them.
Tiab's Direct Synthesis (TDS) technique has been applied using the plots of the pressure and pressure derivative curves. Several unique features of the pressure and pressure derivative plots of partially penetrating fractures models were identified including the points of intersection of straight lines for different flow regimes. These points can be used to verify the results or to calculate unknown parameters. Equations associated with these features were derived and their usefulness was demonstrated. A step-by-step procedure for analyzing pressure tests is included in this paper and illustrated by several numerical examples.
Horizontal wells can greatly increase the contact area of the wellbore and the pay zone; so they are commonly applied in oil reservoirs to enhance the production and ultimate recovery, especially in low permeability formations.
The purpose of this study is to develop a technique for the interpretation of transient pressure based on dimensionless pressure and pressure derivative. Type curve matching is one of the techniques that can be used to interpret the pressure data of horizontal wells in finite reservoirs. Starting from very short horizontal wells to extra-long wells, the pressure behavior of the wells has been analyzed for different conditions. The effect of the outer boundaries of the reservoir on the pressure behavior of the horizontal wells has been investigated for different configurations. Rectangular shape reservoirs with different dimensions have been used to study the pressure response in the well.
Five flow regimes have been observed for regular length horizontal wells; early radial, early linear flow, pseudo radial flow, channel flow or late linear flow, and pseudo-steady state flow. While only four flow regimes have been observed for the extralong wells; linear flow, pseudo radial flow, channel flow, and pseudo-steady state or boundary affected flow. Of course, those flow regimes do not always take place under all conditions. Pseudo-steady state flow is expected to occur after long producing time. A pressure drawdown test was solved using the proposed type curve matching technique. The study has shown that the effect of the boundary on the pressure response of the horizontal wells and the type of flow regimes depend on the length of the horizontal wells and the distance to the nearest boundary.
The use of horizontal wells for producing oil and gas from low-permeability and unconventional reservoirs is now very well established within the petroleum industry. The great increase of the surface area of the wellbore that allows fluids to freely flow from the reservoir to the wellbore is the main advantage of the horizontal well. Reducing the effects of the damaged zones and increasing the well deliverability are the direct impacts of this type of increment. Therefore, over the last two decades the number of horizontal wells that have been drilled worldwide has considerably increased due to the possibility of improving the well productivity and anticipating oil and gas recovery. Low-permeability and unconventional reservoirs are not only the common applications for horizontal wells. They also have been used successfully in fractured reservoirs: (a) to intersect natural fractures and effectively drain the reservoir; (b) in water and gas driven reservoirs to minimize water and gas coning; (c) in both low and high permeability gas reservoirs to reduce the number of producing wells; (d) in tertiary recovery application to enhance the contact between the well and the reservoir, and (e) finally in offshore reservoirs as well as in environmentally sensitive areas to cut down the cost of drilling and the number of production facilities.
Although horizontal well technology has provided since the mid 1980s the solutions for oil and gas production process where the conventional vertical technique either has failed or produced less than the desired rate, the rapid increase in the application of this technology during this period led to a sudden need for the development of analytical models that are capable of evaluating the performance of these horizontal wells. Giger, F. (1985) and Joshi, S. D. (1986) presented the applicability of horizontal wells in heterogeneous reservoirs and the impact of the well productivity using slanted or horizontal wells respectively. Spivak, D.
(1988) explained that the advantages of horizontal wells such as producvtivity increase, better sweep efficiency, and reduction of water and gas coning have been reported by many researchers. At the same time many attempts have been done to develop practical models to study the performance and productivity of horizontal wells by many researchers such as Babu, D. K. and Odeh, A. S. (19889) and Goode, P. A. and kuchuk, F. J. (1991).
Horizontal wells with multiple zonal isolations have become a common completion technique in the oil and gas industry. Sand problems, damaged zones, and water or gas coning are the main reasons for using isolators to sustain or improve oil and gas recovery. However, they have certain effects on pressure behavior of horizontal wells.
This paper introduces new analytical models for studying the effect of this completion technique on pressure behavior of wells with multiple isolated zones. These models have been derived based on the assumption that reservoirs can be divided into multi-subsequent segments of producing and non-producing intervals. Based on the pressure and pressure derivative, the models can be used to estimate the impact of isolators on the pressure behavior. The effects of the number and length of isolators have been investigated for wells having different lengths.
A set of type-curves of dimensionless pressure and pressure derivative versus dimensionless time have been generated for two cases. The first case is for wells in an infinite reservoir having one, two or three isolated zones with three different lengths for the horizontal section and six different lengths for the isolators while the second one is for very long wells in an infinite reservoir. These plots can be used for the type curve matching technique to estimate the number, length, and damaged zones location, segments where sand is produced, and intervals of water or gas coning.
The main finding is that the pressure of these wells behaves similarly for all cases. The dominant effect of the isolators can only be noticed during the early time flow regimes, i.e. during the early radial or early linear. The behavior of the late time flow regimes, i.e. pseudo radial or late linear due to the boundary effects is not affected by the presence of isolators.