A New Method To Account For Producing Time Effects When Drawdown Type Curves Are Used To Analyze Pressure Buildup And Other Test Data
SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition
Currently, type curve analysis methods are being commonly used in conjunction with the conventional methods to obtain better interpretation of well test data. Although the majority of published type curves are based on pressure drawdown solutions, they are often applied indiscriminately to analyze both pressure drawdown and buildup data. Moreover, the limitations of drawdown type curves, to analyze pressure buildup data collected after short producing times, are not well understood by the
... rstood by the practicing engineers. This may often result in an erroneous interpretation of such buildup tests. While analyzing buildup data by the conventional semi-log method, the Horner method takes into account the effect of producing time. On the other hand, for type curve analysis of the same set of buildup data, it is customary to ignore producing time effects and utilize the existing drawdown type curves. This causes discrepancies in results obtained by the Horner method and type curve methods. Although a few buildup type curves which account for the effect of producing times have appeared in the petroleum literature, they are either limited in scope or somewhat difficult to use. In view of the preceding, a novel but simple method has been developed which eliminates the dependence on producing time effects and allows the user to utilize the existing drawdown type curves for analyzing pressure buildup data. This method may also be used to analyze two-rate, multiple-rate and other kinds of tests by type curve methods as well as the conventional methods. The method appears to work for both unfractured and fractured wells. Wellbore effects such as storage and/or damage may be taken into account except in certain cases. The purpose of this paper is to present the new method and demonstrate its utility and application by means of example problems. References and illustrations at end of paper.