This work presents the practical application of the recently developed B-spline based deconvolution methodology to analyze variable-rate/variable pressure drop well performance data from gas wells. As deconvolution provides the corresponding constant rate pressure drawdown response for a well/reservoir system which is affected by variable flowrates, we intend to use deconvolution of production data to identify the reservoir model and perform an analysis for estimating reservoir properties and reservoir volume.
In this work we apply our B-spline based deconvolution methodology to production pressure and flowrate history data (which are typically available on a daily or monthly basis all field cases in this work (except Case 3) consider daily production data measurements). For this work, we apply our method using traditional gas well test data, as well as regularly measured gas well production data. We also demonstrate the appropriate handling of input data (particularly pressure test data and production data) to ensure stable/accurate deconvolution results.
The application cases in this work should be considered typical for a reservoir or production engineer, and we would expect similar performance/robustness of our methodology as it becomes a common analysis practice.
The following objectives are proposed for this work:
To apply and extend the recent B-spline based deconvolution methodology to analyze variable-rate/variable pressure drop gas well performance data. To identify the critical issues which affect the success of deconvolution methodology when applied to production data. To state specific recommendations for practice and/or future work.