Prediction of sand problems of a horizontal well from sand production histories of perforated cased wells

N. Morita, G. F. Fuh

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Abstract

This paper compares numerical model predictions and laboratory data on sand production and borehole stability tests. It also compares numerical model predictions and field data on sand production and borehole stability tests. These comparisons show that model predictions agree with both field and laboratory results for sand production problems, however, for borehole stability problems, the model prediction does not necessarily agree with both laboratory and field results. The laboratory results show strong size effect, and the predicted borehole failure conditions lie between those predicted with the non-linear Mohr Coulomb and the non-linear Drucker-Prager. However, the field borehole is generally more stable than the laboratory results and its failure condition is close to the value predicted by the nonlinear Mohr-Coulomb constitutive theory. Using the field calibrated model predictions, a parametric analysis was conducted on the difference of the well flowing pressure between perforated wells and horizontal openholes. The analysis shows that the well flowing pressure to induce sand production for cased wells are normally lower than that of horizontal wells. The pressure difference mainly depends on the horizontal and axial stress ratio, rock deformation and strength properties.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings - SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition
Place of PublicationRichardson, TX, United States
PublisherSoc Pet Eng (SPE)
Pages113-119
Number of pages7
VolumeDelta
Publication statusPublished - 1998
EventProceedings of the 1998 SPE Technical Conference and Exhibition. Part Omega - New Orleans, LA, USA
Duration: 1998 Sep 271998 Sep 30

Other

OtherProceedings of the 1998 SPE Technical Conference and Exhibition. Part Omega
CityNew Orleans, LA, USA
Period98/9/2798/9/30

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geology
  • Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology

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