NEW FINDING ON PRESSURE RESPONSE IN LONG, NARROW RESERVOIRS
During the process of reservoir characterization using well test analysis, before defining the reservoir model, it is convenient to properly identify flow regimes, which appear as characteristic patterns or “fingerprints” exhibited by the pressure derivative curve, because they provide the geometry of the streamlines of the tested formation. A set of reservoir properties can be estimated using only a portion of the pressure transient data of the flow regime. However, there are few cases with unidentified behaviors that deserve our attention. The ten flow regime patterns commonly recognized in the pressure or pressure derivative curves of vertical or horizontal wells are: radial, spherical, hemispherical, linear, bilinear, elliptical, pseudosteady, steady, double porosity or permeability and doubled slope. A ½ slope of the derivative trend is an indication of linear flow. If this shows up early, a hydraulic fractured well is dealt with, but if this shows up immediately after the radial flow regime an indication of a channel comes to our mind. A -½-slope line at early times of the derivative plot indicates either spherical or hemispherical flow. However, if this line is observed once linear flow vanishes we are facing an unidentified flow regime. We present the case of a channel reservoir with a well off-centered with respect to the extreme boundaries and close to a constant pressure boundary. At early times, the radial flow regime is observed and is followed by the linear flow regime. Once the open boundary is reached by the pressure disturbance, a -½ slope is observed on the pressure derivative plot and it lasts until the far extreme is felt. We simulated this behavior and plotted the isobaric lines and found out that a parabolic behavior shows up during this period of time. A typical behavior was found in Colombia in a reservoir of the Eastern Planes basin.
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