Application of Optimizing Techniques for Studying Field Producing Operations
- H.D. Attra (Humble Oil & Refining Co.) | W.B. Wise (Humble Oil & Refining Co.) | W.M. Black (Humble Oil & Refining Co.)
- Document ID
- Society of Petroleum Engineers
- Journal of Petroleum Technology
- Publication Date
- January 1961
- Document Type
- Journal Paper
- 82 - 86
- 1961. Original copyright American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical, and Petroleum Engineers, Inc. Copyright has expired.
- 5.8.8 Gas-condensate reservoirs, 5.2.1 Phase Behavior and PVT Measurements, 5.4.2 Gas Injection Methods, 4.1.6 Compressors, Engines and Turbines, 4.1.2 Separation and Treating, 4.1.9 Tanks and storage systems, 5.4.3 Gas Cycling, 5.6.4 Drillstem/Well Testing, 3.1.6 Gas Lift, 4.1.5 Processing Equipment
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The purpose of this paper is to illustrate a comparatively new approach for solving a problem that has plagued oil producers for many years-how to make the most money with available field production capacity.
In a very basic operation such as a top-allowable one-well field, a computer and staff of engineers are not required to determine that the best operation is to produce that well at its maximum for as long a time as it will produce. However, as, the problem becomes more complex and the number of wells and number of reservoirs increase, it probably will be a wise choice to devote some engineering thought and calculation time to determine the best way to operate that field on both an ultimate and day-to-day basis.
Continued developments in the field broadly referred to as "operations research" have led to a number of useful engineering analyses for optimizing field operational problems. One of these techniques, termed linear programing, is particularly interesting because of its potential applications to the study of complex oilfield operating problems. Linear programing is concerned with the problem of planning a complex set of interdependent activities in the best possible (optimal) fashion.
A field application of linear programing is being used to maximize daily income from a multi-reservoir producing operation. The initial results of this study indicate that the linear programing technique (1) can be applied effectively to field problems, (2) can be used to detect unsuspected avenues for improving operations and (3) can effect a significantly improved means of controlling field operations through the use of the high-speed computer.
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