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DST Concept

Exploration / Development Tests


Open Hole DST 1/2
PRINCIPLE
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
producing
A Flowhead is commonly used
Open Hole DST 2/2

DATA
Representative fluid sample can be retrieved
Static & Flowing Bottom Hole Pressure can be
estimated
Can justify further operations on the well
Cased Hole DST 1/2
PRINCIPLE
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
burnt
These wells may be plugged & abandoned
Cased Hole DST 2/2

DATA
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


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

6 days
Observation Observer Producer
Well

Active
Well
Early Production Facilities (EPF)

Temporary (a few months to a few years) production


installation
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
THE END