Transient well testing provides indirect determination of reservoir and well parameters. It is one of the most important in a spectrum of diagnostic tools used by petroleum engineers to characterize hydrocarbon assets and predict their future performance. This new monograph is the go-to handbook for designing, running, and analyzing different types of transient tests in oil and gas reservoirs. Since the publication of SPE’s last monograph on well testing, considerable advances in testing tools, computing technology, and theoretical development have continued to enhance the information that can be obtained from transient testing and change the methods of interpretation. A gap in the petroleum engineer’s library for a comprehensive book covering the state of the art in well-test analysis has existed for some time now. Practicing petroleum engineers need a single up-to-date reference for transient testing of oil, gas, and water wells; this monograph has been written to fill that gap.
Contents: Basic concepts of transient testing • Well testing measurements • Value of information • Basic interpretation: homogeneous reservoirs • Wellbore effects • Outer boundaries •Computer-assisted interpretation • Pressure transient analysis software • Naturally fractured reservoirs • Well-test analysis of hydraulically fractured wells • Deliverability testing and underground gas storage • Slanted and partially penetrating wells • Horizontal wells • Testing under multiphase flow conditions • Interpretation of simultaneously measured transient flow rate and pressure data • Permanent gauges and production analysis • Multilayer reservoirs • Injection well testing • Multiple well testing • Wireline formation testing • Drillstem testing • Integration of well testing in reservoir characterization
About the Author:
Medhat M. (Med) Kamal is a senior research consultant with Chevron Energy Technology Company, where he leads the Dynamic Reservoir Characterization team. Kamal has more than 35 years of industry experience in well testing, reservoir description, and production and reservoir engineering. He is the author of multiple technical articles in SPE journals and has served as a Technical Editor, Review Chair, and Executive Editor for SPE Reservoir Evaluation & Engineering. Kamal is a past SPE Distinguished Lecturer and winner of many society awards, including the Cedric K. Ferguson Medal, the SPE Distinguished Service Award, and the Texas Petroleum Engineer of the Year Award. He has served on and chaired multiple SPE committees, including the SPE Textbook and Monograph committees, the first SPE Board Committee on R&D, and the first SPE R&D Conference Committee. Kamal holds a BS degree from Cairo University and MS and PhD degrees from Stanford University, all in petroleum engineering. He currently serves on the SPE Board of Directors as the Regional Director of the Western North America Region.