Analytical solution of single-probe tests in a horizontal well and its application to estimate horizontal and vertical permeabilities

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Abstract

During a single-probe test in a vertical well, the probe of a formation tester is set horizontally against a side wall of the borehole. In a horizontal well, the probe can be set either horizontally against a side wall, or vertically against the top or bottom wall of the borehole. When the probe is set horizontally against a side wall, the solution for a horizontal well is the same as that for a vertical well. However, when the probe is set vertically against the top or bottom wall, the solution for a horizontal well is not available in the literature. This paper presents an analytical solution to the described problem. The solution shows that the relationship between the pressure drop and flow rate for a single-probe test in a horizontal well depends whether the probe is set vertically or horizontally against the borehole. One of the important applications of the solution is to estimate horizontal and vertical permeabilities from two probe tests. If two tests are conducted at the same measured depth, with the probe set vertically in one test, while horizontally in the other, two permeabilities are obtained. Then the horizontal and vertical permeabilities at the measured depth can be estimated by combining these two permeabilities. The analytical solution is validated by numerical simulation, and the solution is shown to be the same as a published analytical solution for a vertical well in an isotropic formation. Examples to estimate horizontal and vertical permeabilities from synthetic tests are presented.

Original languageEnglish
Pages2682-2687
Number of pages6
DOIs
StatePublished - 2006
EventSPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition, ATCE 2006: Focus on the Future - San Antonio, TX, United States
Duration: Sep 24 2006Sep 27 2006

Conference

ConferenceSPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition, ATCE 2006: Focus on the Future
CountryUnited States
CitySan Antonio, TX
Period09/24/0609/27/06

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    Sheng, J. J. (2006). Analytical solution of single-probe tests in a horizontal well and its application to estimate horizontal and vertical permeabilities. 2682-2687. Paper presented at SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition, ATCE 2006: Focus on the Future, San Antonio, TX, United States. https://doi.org/10.2118/102659-ms