A Novel Infinite-Acting-Radial-Flow Analysis Procedure for Estimating Permeability Anisotropy From an Observation-Probe Pressure Response at a Vertical, Horizontal, or Inclined Wellbore
- Mustafa Onur (Istanbul Technical University) | Peter S. Hegeman (Schlumberger) | Ihsan M. Gök (Schlumberger)
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- Society of Petroleum Engineers
- SPE Reservoir Evaluation & Engineering
- Publication Date
- May 2014
- Document Type
- Journal Paper
- 152 - 164
- 2014.Society of Petroleum Engineers
- 5.6.3 Pressure Transient Testing
- observation probe, radial flow, permeability anisotropy, wireline formation tests,, interval pressure transient testing
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This paper presents a new infinite-acting-radial-flow (IARF) analysis procedure for estimating horizontal and vertical permeability solely from pressure-transient data acquired at an observation probe during an interval pressure-transient test (IPTT) conducted with a single-probe, dual-probe, or dual-packer module. The procedure is based on new infinite-acting-radial-flow equations that apply for all inclination angles of the wellbore in a single-layer, 3D anisotropic, homogeneous porous medium. The equations for 2D anisotropic cases are also presented and are derived from the general equations given for the 3D anisotropic case. It is shown that the radial-flow equation presented reduces to Prats’ (1970) equation assuming infinite-acting radial flow at an observation point along a vertical wellbore in isotropic or 2D anisotropic formations of finite bed thickness. The applicability of the analysis procedure is demonstrated by considering synthetic and field packer/probe IPTT data. The synthetic IPTT examples include horizontal- and slanted-well cases, but the field IPTT is for a vertical well. The results indicate that the procedure provides reliable estimates of horizontal and vertical permeability solely from observation-probe pressure data during radial flow for vertical, horizontal, and inclined wellbores. Most importantly, the analysis does not require that both spherical and radial flow prevail at the observation probe during the test.
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