Reservoir Engineering Handbook

Reservoir Engineering Handbook

4th Edition - January 12, 2010

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  • Author: Tarek Ahmed
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080966670

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Reorganized for easy use, Reservoir Engineering Handbook, Fourth Edition provides an up-to-date reference to the tools, techniques, and science for predicting oil reservoir performance even in the most difficult fields. Topics covered in the handbook include: Processes to enhance production Well modification to maximize oil and gas recovery Completion and evaluation of wells, well testing, and well surveys Reservoir Engineering Handbook, Fourth Edition provides solid information and insight for engineers and students alike on maximizing production from a field in order to obtain the best possible economic return. With this handbook, professionals will find a valuable reference for understanding the key relationships among the different operating variables. Examples contained in this reference demonstrate the performance of processes under forceful conditions through a wide variety of applications.

Key Features

  • Fundamental for the advancement of reservoir engineering concepts
  • Step-by-step field performance calculations
  • Easy to understand analysis of oil recovery mechanisms
  • Step-by-step analysis of oil recovery mechanisms
  • New chapter on fractured reservoirs


Petroleum Engineer, Reservoir Engineer, Production Engineer, Drilling Engineer, Completion Engineer, Operations Engineer, Drilling Manager, Operations Manager, Project Production Engineer, Project Reservoir Engineer

Table of Contents

  • Dedicatiton


    Preface to the Fourth Edition

    Preface to the Third Edition

    Preface to the Second Edition

    Preface to the First Edition

    About the Author

    Chapter 1. Fundamentals of Reservoir Fluid Behavior

    Classification of Reservoirs and Reservoir Fluids



    Chapter 2. Reservoir-Fluid Properties

    Properties of Natural Gases

    Behavior of Ideal Gases

    Behavior of Real Gases

    Effect of Nonhydrocarbon Components on the Z-Factor

    Correction for High-Molecular-Weight Gases

    Direct Calculation of Compressibility Factors

    Compressibility of Natural Gases

    Gas Formation Volume Factor

    Gas Viscosity

    Methods of Calculating the Viscosity of Natural Gases

    Properties of Crude Oil Systems

    Methods of Calculating Viscosity of the Dead Oil

    Methods of Calculating the Saturated oil Viscosity

    Methods of Calculating the Viscosity of the Undersaturated Oil

    Properties of Reservoir Water



    Chapter 3. Laboratory Analysis of Reservoir Fluids

    Composition of the Reservoir Fluid

    Constant-Composition Expansion Tests

    Differential Liberation (Vaporization) Test

    Separator Tests

    Extrapolation of Reservoir Fluid Data

    Laboratory Analysis of Gas-Condensate Systems



    Chapter 4. Fundamentals of Rock Properties




    Surface and Interfacial Tension

    Capillary Pressure


    Rock Compressibility

    Net Pay Thickness

    Reservoir Heterogeneity

    Areal Heterogeneity



    Chapter 5. Relative Permeability Concepts

    Two-Phase Relative Permeability

    Relative Permeability Ratio

    Dynamic Pseudo-Relative Permeabilities

    Normalization and Averaging Relative Permeability Data

    Three-Phase Relative Permeability



    Chapter 6. Fundamentals of Reservoir Fluid Flow

    Types of Fluids

    Flow Regimes

    Reservoir Geometry

    Fluid Flow Equations

    Steady-State Flow

    Unsteady-State Flow

    Constant-Terminal-Pressure Solution

    Constant-Terminal-Rate Solution

    Pseudosteady-State Flow

    Principle of Superposition

    Effects of Variable Flow Rates

    Transient Well Testing



    Chapter 7. Oil Well Performance

    Vertical Oil Well Performance

    Horizontal Oil Well Performance



    Chapter 8. Gas Well Performance

    Vertical Gas Well Performance

    Region III. High-Pressure Region

    Horizontal Gas Well Performance



    Chapter 9. Gas and Water Coning


    Coning in Vertical Wells

    Breakthrough Time in Vertical Wells

    After Breakthrough Performance

    Coning in Horizontal Wells

    Horizontal Well Breakthrough Time



    Chapter 10. Water Influx

    Classification of Aquifers

    Recognition of Natural Water Influx

    Water Influx Models



    Chapter 11. Oil Recovery Mechanisms and the Material Balance Equation

    Primary Recovery Mechanisms

    The Material Balance Equation



    Chapter 12. Predicting Oil Reservoir Performance

    Phase 1. Reservoir Performance Prediction methods

    Phase 2. Relating Reservoir Performance to Time



    Chapter 13. Gas Reservoirs

    The Volumetric Method

    The Material Balance Method

    Material Balance Equation as a Straight Line

    Abnormally Pressured Gas Reservoirs



    Chapter 14. Principles of Waterflooding

    Factors to Consider in Waterflooding

    Optimum Time to Waterflood

    Effect of Trapped Gas on Waterflood Recovery

    Selection of Flooding Patterns

    Overall Recovery Efficiency

    I. Displacement Efficiency

    II. Areal Sweep Efficiency

    III. Vertical Sweep Efficiency

    Methods of Predicting Recovery Performance for Layered Reservoirs

    Waterflood Surveillance



    Chapter 15. Vapor-Liquid Phase Equilibria

    Vapor Pressure

    Equilibrium Ratios

    Flash Calculations

    Equilibrium Ratios for Real Solutions

    Equilibrium Ratios for the Plus Fraction

    Applications of the Equilibrium Ratio in Reservoir Engineering

    Equations of State

    Applications of the Equation of State in Petroleum Engineering

    Splitting and Lumping Schemes of the Plus Fraction



    Chapter 16. Analysis of Decline and Type Curves

    Decline-Curve Analysis

    Type-Curve Analysis

    Limits of Exponent b and Decline Analysis of Stratified No-Crossflow Reservoirs




    Chapter 17. Fractured Reservoirs

    Naturally Fractured Reservoirs

    Hydraulically Fractured Wells




Product details

  • No. of pages: 1472
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Gulf Professional Publishing 2010
  • Published: January 12, 2010
  • Imprint: Gulf Professional Publishing
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080966670

About the Author

Tarek Ahmed

consulting firm that specializes in in-house petroleum engineering courses and consulting services worldwide. Prior to that, he was a Reservoir Engineering Advisor for Anadarko, Baker Hughes, and Gaffney, Cline and Associates and was a Professor and head of the Petroleum Engineering Department at Montana Tech of the University of Montana for 22 years. Dr. Ahmed has authored numerous papers and several successful books with Elsevier, including Advanced Reservoir Management and Engineering, 2nd Edition.

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Consultant, Tarek Ahmed and Associates, Ltd.

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