Hart’s E&P: Automation Advances Drive New Efficiencies in Pressure Testing

Formation pressure data are a crucial guide in an operator’s decision to move a newly drilled well into production. Using pressure data obtained during logging runs, the operator determines fluid contact, fluid properties, reservoir pressures and, ultimately, the production potential of the reservoir. This information subsequently guides reservoir development plans, completion designs, and the type and size of surface facilities. But in an environment of tight exploration budgets, full well-testing programs can be cost-prohibitive, and operators will instead use wireline instruments to obtain the required data. However, traditional wireline pressure testing methods rely on manual operation and measurements, which can extend testing times and raise the risk of inaccurate data and inconsistent test outcomes. Click the link below to read the full article.

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