A novel semi-analytical solution for transient pressure data interpretation of a fractured well in an asymmetric reservoir

Faisal Mohammed Al-Thawad, Mahmoud Jamiolahmady

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The presence of fractures and faults play a significant role in recovery and performance of tight reservoirs exploited with hydraulically fractured wells. Faulting may result in asymmetric reservoirs, i.e. different quality reservoirs across the fault plane, due to the displacement of reservoir blocks along the fault plane. Typically, numerical well-test packages are used to match the pressure responses of such complex geology and well geometry. The limitations of such approaches in terms of ease of use and wide range of possible solutions plead for more attractive approach. Hence, here a semi-analytical approach has been followed to develop a new practically efficient flow solution for a well intersecting a finite conductivity vertical fracture in an asymmetric reservoir. The solution is characterised mainly by the bilinear flow resulting from formation and fracture linear flows. The pressure derivative curve exhibits a distinctive feature of an early fracture linear flow regime at a very early time reflecting the first fluid flow into the well from the fracture only. The shape of the derivative plot also suggests the characteristics of a bilinear flow, quarter slope, uttering the fracture characteristics, followed by a radial flow, zero slope, articulating the quality of the two reservoirs. Type curves of dimensionless time and pressure are presented along with field cases for vertical wells intersecting natural fractures or exploited by hydraulically fractures. The results of this paper enable reservoir engineers to carry out modelling of such complex reservoir/well scenarios with increasing certainty and long-term benefits and greater additional and favourable business impacts.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSociety of Petroleum Engineers - International Petroleum Technology Conference 2014, IPTC 2014 - Innovation and Collaboration: Keys to Affordable Energy
Place of PublicationRichardson, Texas
PublisherSociety of Petroleum Engineers
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)9781613993712
ISBN (Print)9781634398350
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Event8th International Petroleum Technology Conference 2014 - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Duration: 10 Dec 201412 Dec 2014


Conference8th International Petroleum Technology Conference 2014
Abbreviated titleIPTC 2014
CityKuala Lumpur

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geochemistry and Petrology


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