Dynamic Well Testing in Petroleum Exploration and Development

1st Edition

Authors: HuiNong Zhuang
Hardcover ISBN: 9780123971616
eBook ISBN: 9780123977854
Imprint: Elsevier
Published Date: 16th January 2013
Page Count: 728
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Data accumulation, analysis, and interpretation technology are critical in hydrocarbon exploration and extraction to maximize petroleum recovery and development. Dynamic Well Testing in Petroleum Exploration and Development presents modern petroleum exploration and well testing interpretation methods, emphasizing their application and development under special geological and development conditions in oil and gas fields. More than 100 case studies and 250 illustrations—many in full color—aid in the retention of key concepts. Extensive analysis of pressure data acquired from well testing through advanced interpretation software can be tailored to specific reservoir environments. This timely, state-of-the-art reference will be of particular interest to petroleum geoscientists and engineers working for oil and gas companies worldwide.

Key Features

  • Includes graphs that can be used as templates to accurately plot hydrocarbon reservoir data accumulation, analysis, and interpretation
  • Field-practical case studies break information down into real-world examples which can be put into practice—not found in other books on well testing
  • Illustrations—many in full color—help you retain key concepts


Primary: Exploration geologists and reservoir engineers. Secondary: Instructors and students in the geosciences and petroleum engineering

Table of Contents


Preface to the Second Edition (Chinese Version)

Preface to the First Edition (Chinese Version)

Preface to this English Version and Acknowledgment

About the author

Chapter 1. Introduction

1 The Purpose of this Book

2 Role of Well Test in Gas Field Exploration and Development

3 Keys of Well Test Analysis

4 Characteristics of Modern Well Test Technology

Chapter 2. Basic Concepts and Gas Flow Equations

1 Basic Concepts

2 Gas Flow Equations

3 Summary

Chapter 3. Gas Well Deliverability Test and Field Examples

1 Gas Well Deliverability and Absolute Open Flow Potential (AOFP)

2 Three Classical Deliverability Test Methods

3 Treatment of Deliverability Test Data

4 Parameter Factors Influencing Gas Well Deliverability

5 Short-Term Production Test Combined with Modified Isochronal Test in Gas Wells

6 Stable Point Laminar–Inertial–Turbulent (LIT) Deliverability Equation

7 Production Prediction in Development Program Designing of Gas Fields

8 Discussion on Several Key Problems in Deliverability Test

9 Summary

Chapter 4. Analyzing Gas Reservoir Characteristics with Pressure Gradient Method

1 Pressure Gradient Analysis of Exploration Wells in the Early Stage and Some Field examples

2 Calculation of Gas Density and Pressure Gradient Under Formation Conditions

3 Pressure Gradient Analysis During Development of a Gas Field

4 Some Key Points in Pressure Gradient Analysis

5 Acquisition of Dynamic Formation Pressure after a Gas Field has been Put into Development

Chapter 5. Gas Reservoir Dynamic Model and Well Test

1 Introduction

2 Pressure Cartesian Plot–Pressure History Plot

3 Pressure Semilog Plot

4 Log–log Plot and Model Graph of Pressure and Its Derivative

5 Characteristic


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About the Author

HuiNong Zhuang

Zhuang HuiNong, a professor and senior engineer, graduated from Peking University in 1962. He took part the research of development program in its early stage of Daqing Oilfield after graduation and then since 1965 he served in Shengli Oilfield and was interested in oil/gas well test. In 1980’s took charge and operated interference tests and pulse tests in an oilfield in carbonate reservoir successfully; during this period he invented the interpretation type curves for interference well test in dual porosity reservoirs and applied these type curves in field practice; took charge of research of downhole differential pressure gauge and applied these gauges in data acquisition in fields and consequently won the invention award from China Nation Science and Technology Committee and was present the First International Meeting on Petroleum Engineering in Beijing in 1982,and his paper was published in the JPT. Since 1990 he served Research Institute of Petroleum Exploration and Development of CNPC, was concerned with the exploration and development of several large- or medium-scale gas-fields in China and has been doing dynamic performance research in about recent 20 years. Now is serving SPT Energy Group Inc. as its chief geologist. He has been devoting himself to dynamic performance analysis and well test for more than 40 years.

Affiliations and Expertise

Langfang Branch of Research Institute of Petroleum Exploration and Development, CNPC


"After Zhuang graduated with an aeronautical engineering degree in 1962, he was assigned to China's Daqing oil field, where, by necessity, he used unconventional approaches to find and assess oil and gas wells. These have evolved into some of the most useful and accurate techniques for exploration and development over the following four decades."--Reference and Research Book News, August 2013