Effectively optimizing production of horizontal wells in homogeneous oil reservoirs

Akangbou, HN, Burby, ML and Nasr, GG 2016, 'Effectively optimizing production of horizontal wells in homogeneous oil reservoirs' , Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering .

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Abstract

Horizontal well applications have been predominant since their conception, for reasons such as effective depletion of oil reservoirs and especially in water cresting, gas cresting or water and gas cresting applications due to the casings enhanced exposure to the reservoir. Cresting is hugely dependent on oil production rate, pressure drawdown and can negatively influence the degree of depletion as well as the overall recovery efficiency of oil reservoirs. This paper presents a novel procedure of mimicking horizontal wells aimed at investigating experimentally the effect of varying inclined sections (having different vertical and horizontal displacements) of horizontal wells at low angles of inclination (15o-30o) in a homogeneous reservoir underlain by a strong bottom aquifer and overlain by a considerable gas cap drive occurring simultaneously. The results for the performance of the different horizontal well geometries in terms of cumulative oil recovery and Water-Oil-Ratio; over a fixed liquid production time were compared. From the results obtained, it was observed that the short radius well with 30o angle of inclination and ratio of vertical displacement of the inclined section to reservoir height of 0.07 resulted in the highest oil recovery of 38.73%. Using the presented procedure, 5.60% increment in oil was recovered with 11.40% reduction in cumulative produced water were observed between the best and worst cases from the same reservoir. At higher withdrawal rates and pressure drop, long radii wells are recommended due to cresting delay ability while improving oil recovery.

Item Type: Article
Schools: Schools > School of Computing, Science and Engineering
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 0920-4105
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Funders: University of Salford, Bayelsa state scholarship board
Depositing User: Mr HN Akangbou
Date Deposited: 03 Jan 2017 09:28
Last Modified: 08 Aug 2017 22:45
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/41090

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