Industry Article: Optimizing Horizontal Well Production by Sustaining Water Cut

Two technologies combine to place wells precisely in the target reservoir while forestalling premature water break-through offshore China.

Publication: E&P
Publication Date: 05/01/2010

Horizontal wells are an industry- recognized technology for developing thin oil columns. However, structural and/or heterogeneity in reservoir properties present challenges that affect horizontal inflow draining and initial wellbore cleanup. Strong bottom-water drives, coupled with inflow heterogeneity, can result in localized coning and early water breakthrough.

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