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DST Concept

Exploration / Development Tests

Open Hole DST 1/2
Normally short tests (less than 12 hours)
During the drilling phase
When unexpected traces of hydrocarbons appears
To determine whether a true reservoir exists or
simply hydrocarbons contained in tight rock and not
A Flowhead is commonly used
Open Hole DST 2/2

Representative fluid sample can be retrieved
Static & Flowing Bottom Hole Pressure can be
Can justify further operations on the well
Cased Hole DST 1/2
If logs, open-hole DST & others relevant information are
sufficiently promising, casing is run
Well Testing may be carried out prior to completion
Evaluates reservoir parameters
A Flow head is used
The test duration is normally a few days (3 to 10), oil & gas are
These wells may be plugged & abandoned
Cased Hole DST 2/2

Reservoir parameters evaluation
Good sampling conditions
More precise and complete test
Higher flow and injection rates
Limits and Interference testing possible
Production Tests
Completion Test

Sometimes with a rig still present, but in any case,

long before the existence of any permanent
production facilities
Generally longer than DST, rates can be more
realistic, gain in reservoir information is obtained
X-TREE, permanent packer, SSD, nipples are used.
Reservoir Limit Test

Long term test on a well to determine the extent of the

Interference or Pulse Test
To establish communication between two or more wells,
and to determine inter-well reservoir parameters.

6 days
Observation Observer Producer

Early Production Facilities (EPF)

Temporary (a few months to a few years) production

Crude oil or gas exported
Provide early cash-flow while permanent facility is
under construction
Temporary replacement of existing production
installation (shut-downs for upgrade, etc.)
Alternative for marginal fields
Extended Well Testing

Long term well testing (a few weeks to a few months)

operation using EPF set-up

Enable comprehensive evaluation of complex

reservoirs (long limit tests) before deciding full size
field development
Common Operations

Regardless of the type of test performed, the first two

operations of any well test sequence are :

Pressure Testing the equipment

CLEANING UP the well