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Pipesim well performance modeling

Optimize well performance through comprehensive modeling of completions and artificial lift systems

Pipesim well performance modeling

With the interactive graphical schematic and templates of the Pipesim steady-state multiphase flow simulator, well models can be created in a thorough, fast and efficient way to help increase production and understand reservoir potential. The Pipesim simulator models multiphase flow from the reservoir to the wellhead and considers artificial lift systems, including rod pumps, ESP, and gas lift. Well performance modeling capabilities in the simulator enables users to:

  • Design optimal well completions and artificial lift systems.
  • Diagnose problems that are limiting well production potential.
  • Optimize production from existing wells by quantifying actions to increase flow rates.

Pipesim steady-state multiphase flow simulator incorporates the three core areas of flow modeling: multiphase flow, heat transfer and fluid behavior. For 30 years, the Pipesim simulator has been continuously improved not only by the latest science in these areas, but also the latest innovations in computing and oil and gas industry technologies.

The Pipesim simulator includes advanced three-phase mechanistic models, rigorous heat transfer modeling and comprehensive PVT modeling options. The ESRI-supported GIS map canvas helps deliver true spatial representation of wells, equipment and networks. Networks can be built either on the GIS canvas or automatically using a GIS shapefile. Rapid well model building and analysis are done with an interactive graphical wellbore. The implementation of a new parallel network solver, which spreads the computational load across all processors results in a faster simulation runtime.

Pipesim well performance capabilities

  • Well design and completion modeling.
  • Select the optimal tubing and casing size.
  • Design water or gas injection wells.
  • Determine the optimal horizontal completion length.
  • Model multilayer and multilateral wells.
  • Perform a completion design with detailed quantification of production improvements by reducing skin effects.
  • Match completion parameters and pressure-temperature profiles, using automated regression.
  • Perform detailed sensitivity analysis to identify parameters impacting production.

Flow modeling

  • Model tubular, annular, or mixed flow.
  • Generate pressure temperature profiles.
  • Flow correlation comparison.
  • Data matching.
  • Identify wellbore flow assurance issues such as erosion, corrosion, and solids formation (scale, wax, hydrates, and asphaltenes).
  • Generate vertical flow performance (VFP) tables for reservoir simulators.
  • Diagnose liquid loading in gas wells and evaluate measures to alleviate the problem.
  • Model the effects of crossflow between zones.

Well equipment and systems modeling

  • Model downhole equipment such as chokes, subsurface safety valves, separators, and chemical injectors.
  • Design artificial lift systems including gas lift, ESPs, PCPs, and rod pumps, comparing the relative benefits of each system.
  • Model the effects of coiled tubing gas injection or velocity strings.
  • Optimize production of intelligent completions through modeling downhole flow control valves.
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