A Multi-Layer Commingled Composite Reservoir Model for Thermal Well Test Analysis
|International Journal of Engineering Trends and Technology (IJETT)||
|© 2014 by IJETT Journal|
|Year of Publication : 2014|
|Authors : Ashkan Jahanbani G , Tom A. Jelmert
|DOI : 10.14445/22315381/IJETT-V18P259|
Ashkan Jahanbani G , Tom A. Jelmert "A Multi-Layer Commingled Composite Reservoir Model for Thermal Well Test Analysis", International Journal of Engineering Trends and Technology (IJETT), V18(6),283-292 Dec 2014. ISSN:2231-5381. www.ijettjournal.org. published by seventh sense research group
Many enhanced oil recovery projects like steam injection into an oil reservoir are analyzed using composite reservoir models. Most of the models used assume two-region composite reservoirs with highly different properties separated by a vertical front. Applicability of thermal well test analysis method was evaluated previously using simulation studies of both vertical and horizontal steam injection wells with the conclusion that simplifying assumptions of the conventional two-region models may not explain some pressure behavior and may cause significant errors in the estimates. The main objective of this paper is therefore to develop a new analytical model for well test analysis to improve previous models. The model is a three-region composite model with an intermediate region characterized by power-law decline of properties. Fronts are tilted due to the gravity override and are modeled using the multi-layer reservoir concept assigning different front radii to each layer. A commingled model is assumed in which there is no cross-flow between the layers and all the communication happens through the wellbore. Steam condensation is included in the form of heat loss to the formation. Pressure type curves are generated and validated. Effects of the important parameters included in the model are investigated. The model developed in this work will be used in type curve matching for improved well test analysis.
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commingled system, composite reservoir, gravity override, heat loss, multi-layer, thermal well test