Abstract

Geological folding/faulting may create naturally fractured reservoirs containing a semi-parallel system of sparsely-spaced fracture corridors. The pressure behavior of wells completed either in highly conductive corridors (fracture wells) or in the exclusion zone (matrix wells) would be quite different. In this study, a unique simulation model has been built for corridor type naturally fractured reservoirs by combining a local model of fracture well or matrix well with adjacent fracture corridor(s) and a “homogenized” global model of the remaining corridor network. The global model generalizes the corridor network using the single-porosity and radial permeability approach, which is verified as being sufficiently accurate. Pattern recognition technique is used to analyze diagnostic plots of pressure drawdown generated by simulated flow tests with commercial software (CMG). This study aims to build a new simulation model for corridor-type NFRs and apply the well testing technique to differentiate corridor-type NFRs from conventional NFRs, detect the well’s location, and estimate reservoir properties. This study also employs cumulative logit statistics to assess the accuracy of the estimated well-to-corridor distance.

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