Pressure transient tests of wells completed in multi-layer reservoirs have always been and continue to be a challenge for interpretation. Hence, characterizing layer properties from well tests, and determining and monitoring individual layer performance in commingled completions are complex and intensive tasks which could have significant impacts on well and reservoir management. Without accurate assessment of stimulation effectiveness and dynamic skin mechanisms, potential gains in long-term production may never be realized through appropriate action. This paper discusses a hybrid approach for synergizing multi-layer pressure transient analysis with production logging analysis of flow and pressure profiles while accounting for carbonate matrix acidization physics. This approach uses two completely different but complementary tools, which are the existing multi-layer pressure transient analysis option in a pressure transient analysis package and a post-completion inflow performance analysis suite developed by the ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company to analyze carbonate acid stimulation effectiveness for RasGas wells. Based on field experience and acidized wormhole growth physics, RasGas and ExxonMobil jointly developed a new approach to multi-layer characterization using a workflow synergizing pressure transient analysis and inflow performance analysis to analyze post-completion well tests. A field example is described to illustrate the advantages and added value of enhanced understanding of strongly multi-layer producing reservoirs.


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