Injectivity profiling in horizontal wells through distributed temperature monitoring

V. Pimenov, G. Brown, V. Tertychnyi, A. Shandrygin, Y. Popov

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Abstract

Downhole permanent monitoring sensors offer unique options for continuous evaluating flow regimes, completion integrity, formation properties, flow assurance effectiveness and optimal production/injection operations. The use of temperature data for vertical injection wells has been widely applied in practice and has been thoroughly discussed in literature. The problems occur for Distributed Temperature Sensors (DTS) installed in horizontal well due to small variations of geothermal temperature along the wellbore. Unlike the conventional gauges, DTS data are acquired in both temporal and spatial dimensions that exploit the great potential for real-time operation optimization. We present an interpretation technique for analysis of temperature profiles recorded with fiber optic distributed temperature sensor (DTS) in horizontal water injectors. Simple semi analytical models were developed for simulating mass and heat transfer in horizontal well and collector during injection and warm back. Two inversion procedures based on these models were developed allowing calculation of injectivity profile from temperature profiles recorded during injection and warm-back. These procedures were successfully validated on CFD numerical model and tested on field data.

Original languageEnglish
Pages3989-3996
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 2005
Externally publishedYes
EventSPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition, ATCE 2005 - Dallas, TX, United States
Duration: 9 Oct 200512 Oct 2005

Conference

ConferenceSPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition, ATCE 2005
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityDallas, TX
Period9/10/0512/10/05

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