March 2003
Special Focus

Optimization of intelligent well control

Reservoir simulator models and production prediction where completions were operated with and without intelligent well control devices
Vol. 224 No. 3

Intelligent Well Completions

Optimization of intelligent well control

New optimization software coupled to commercial reservoir simulator was used to predict and optimize production from reservoirs in which downhole completions were operated with and without intelligent well control devices. Three cases are described

 Burak Yeten, Louis J. Durlofsky and Khalid Aziz, Stanford University

 Downhole inflow control devices allow for the flexible operation of nonconventional wells. They provide the ability to independently control each branch of a multilateral well and can, therefore, be used to maximize oil production or to minimize unwanted water or gas. A method for optimizing the operation of intelligent wells (IWs), i.e., wells containing downhole sensors and inflow control devices, is presented, with examples.

 The method entails use of a conjugate gradient optimization technique applied in conjunction with a commercial reservoir simulator that contains a detailed multisegment well model. The overall optimization technique is applied to example problems involving different types of wells and geological models, as well as multiple geostatistical realizations. The improvement in predicted performance using inflow control devices, which is as high as 65% in one case, is demonstrated for all of the examples considered. 


This article was adapted from a professional society paper for which World Oil was granted the right to print one time only. Therefore, to review the article, you should refer to the actual World Oil magazine in which it originally appeared.


Related Articles
Connect with World Oil
Connect with World Oil, the upstream industry's most trusted source of forecast data, industry trends, and insights into operational and technological advances.