Numerically Enhanced RTA Workflow

This week we wanted to highlight and share a paper we think everyone in tight unconventionals should read, namely URTeC 2967, “Numerically Enhanced RTA Workflow – Improving Estimation of Both Linear Flow Parameter And Hydrocarbons In Place” by Braden Bowie and James Ewert. The paper is a few years old now, but is one our our favorite papers.

Key diagnostic plot in the numerical RTA workflow

The goal of Rate Transient Analysis (RTA) is to quantify early time well performance using the Linear Flow Parameter (LFP) and to determine the Original Oil In Place (OOIP) volume being drained. These parameters are important for understanding the effects of completions, geology, and depletion, and can inform strategies for optimizing the economics of future development. This paper outlines limitations in the traditional RTA analysis of oil wells and proposes a new workflow that is more accurate and consistent in obtaining values for LFP and OOIP. A blind study of 10 Apache engineers found that the average error for traditional RTA methods exceeded 100% in some cases, while the proposed workflow had an average error of less than 10%. The proposed workflow was also more accurate when compared to numerical models, and the values it generated could be taken directly into a numerical model without the need for parameter modification.

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