The geochoke well test response in a catalogue of systematic geotype curves

P. W. M. Corbett*, Y. Ellabad, J. I. K. Egert, S. Zheng

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A new well test response has been identified. A distinctive restriction - shown as a hump on the derivative curve - is seen in double matrix porosity (dual permeability) reservoirs. High permeability lenses intersecting the well bore give rise to a negative geoskin response at early time. After the middle time period of flow restriction caused by the limits of the lenses connecting to the wellbore and the presence of additional limited extent, discontinuous, high permeability lenses within the reservoir. This phenomenon has been shown in a series of numerical models and is also observed in two field well tests. The two field examples come from testing in a braided fluvial oil reservoir. Other interpretational possibilities (e.g., subseismic faulting, fluid changes), which might also be considered given the non-uniqueness of pressure data, are eliminated by careful consideration of the geophysical interpretation, the depositional environment and the fluid properies. Sub-seismic faults are often interpreted in well tests from braided fluvial reservoirs. However, we consider that the response in these cases, and possibly in a wider range of cases, is due to geological effects of sedimentary heterogeneity due to secondary channels within the braided system. Braided fluvial sedimentary processes result in heterogeneous reservoirs with double matrix porosity. The heterogeneity and the double matrix porosity nature of these reservoirs are evident from the Lorenz Plot. Such sandstones can produce a variety of well test responses as the two matrices interact at various length scales. The geochoke model in double matrix porosity reservoirs is an end-member response for reservoirs with short lateral and vertical correlation length. A family of geotype curves can be generated to consider a range of correlation lengths to systematically explore the limits of early, middle and late time responses for specific reservoir cases.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication67th EAGE Conference and Exhibition, incorporating SPE EUROPEC 2005
PublisherEAGE Publishing BV
Number of pages7
ISBN (Print)9789073781986
Publication statusPublished - 2005
Event67th EAGE Conference and Exhibition, incorporating SPE EUROPEC 2005 - Feria de Madrid, Spain
Duration: 13 Jun 200516 Jun 2005


Conference67th EAGE Conference and Exhibition, incorporating SPE EUROPEC 2005
CityFeria de Madrid

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Engineering


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