Course Price: € 190

This software-free self-paced course covers the theory and practice of well performance and prediction. You’ll cover topics such as production system concepts, units and datums, fluid properties, inflow and outflow performance and nodal analysis. Our courses are designed to give you all the expertise of the traditional classroom environment, but in your own time. Take control of your learning with Baobab. IChemE accredited course (14 CPD hours).

Who’s it for?

. . . anyone wishing to understand the concepts of predicting well performance using nodal analysis.

Course Price

€ 190

Course length

2 days classroom equivalent.

  1. Explain the principles of reservoir fluid composition, properties and modelling. Identify the limitations of using correlations and Equations of State
  2. Describe and interpret IPR curves and their derivation (PI, Vogel, Darcy etc.). Explain the components and effect of skin
  3. Explain the concepts of slip and holdup and how this influences flow correlation selection
  4. Describe the parameters for running lift curves and explain the shape of outflow curves
  5. Identify the key factors controlling pressure loss In flowlines and the appropriate correlations
  6. Explain the concepts of nodal analysis for flowrate prediction and the effect of sensitivity variables

1. Production system concepts

  • Production System Concepts (Part 1)
  • QUIZ - Production system concepts (1)
  • Production System Concepts (Part 2)
  • QUIZ - Production system concepts (2)
  • Data measurement quality
  • QUIZ - Data measurement quality

2. Units and datums

  • Units - an introduction to oilfield units
  • Units - an exercise on conversion factors
  • Units - prefixes in common use
  • QUIZ - Units
  • Datums (measurement reference points)
  • QUIZ - Datums

3. Reservoir fluid properties overview

  • Reservoir fluid composition
  • Reservoir fluid properties
  • QUIZ - Reservoir fluid composition

4. Reservoir fluid types

  • Reservoir fluid types (classification)
  • Reservoir fluid types (typical oil and gas properties)
  • Reservoir fluid properties - plots
  • QUIZ - Reservoir fluid types and properties

5. Reservoir fluid sampling and measurement

  • Wellbore fluids sampling
  • Reservoir fluids measurements (PVT analysis)
  • Fluid property correlations
  • QUIZ - Reservoir fluid measurement, analysis and correlations

6. Inflow performance concepts

  • Inflow performance and Productivity Index (PI)
  • PI and Darcy's Law
  • How to increase PI
  • Pressure distribution in the reservoir
  • QUIZ - Inflow performance and PI

7. Radial flow IPR and skin

  • Radial inflow performance equation (oil)
  • Two phase inflow performance (PI and Vogel)
  • Skin components
  • Inflow performance for gas reservoirs
  • Inflow performance for water injectors
  • QUIZ - Multiphase inflow performance

8. Outflow performance concepts

  • Components of wellbore pressure loss (gravity and friction)
  • Velocity and slip in the wellbore
  • Friction in the wellbore - estimates and calculation

9. Holdup and slip

  • Effect of flow distribution (regime) on slip
  • Slip and holdup correlations and flow regime maps
  • More on slip and holdup and an overview of flow correlations
  • Pressure loss in the wellbore - a summary
  • QUIZ - Pressure loss in the wellbore

10. Flow correlations and VLPs

  • How does Pwf change with flowrate - an introduction to VLPs
  • Flow correlation comparisons (gradient traverse and VLPs)
  • Recommended variables when generating VLPs for simulators
  • QUIZ - Flow correlations and VLPs

11. Flowline pressure loss

  • Components of surface pressure loss and rate of change of WHP
  • Choke performance overview
  • Surface flow correlation comparisons
  • QUIZ - Pressure loss at surface

12. Well performance concepts

  • Introduction to nodal analysis
  • Running sensitivities (watercut and tubing size)
  • Running sensitivities (stimulation and WHP)

13. Well performance optimisation

  • Running sensitivities (actual nodal analysis plots)
  • Nodal analysis plot interpretation (optimisation)
  • QUIZ - Well performance prediction

14. Course fInal examination

  • EXAM - Well performance prediction and optimisation
    • Courses:

      On completion of the final course exam you will receive a certificate of completion of your course. Recognised by major players in the industry across the world, these certificates will help to confirm your training record and your progress within the profession. Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) approved training course.

    • Skills and competencies:

      Digital badges are awarded upon the successful completion of a set of skills (micro-credentials) that form a competency set for Production and Reservoir Engineers.

    • Earn credits towards a Masters Degree in Petroleum Production Engineering.

      Upon successful completion of a module (set of courses), a certificate will be issued. This can be used as evidence for requesting module exemption under Robert Gordon University’s Recognition of Certified Prior Learning (RCPL) when applying for entry to the M.Sc. in Petroleum Production Engineering. Please note undertaking these Baobab courses does not guarantee RPCL.

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