The effect of pressure gauge placement on well testing analysis accuracy

P. Pourafshary, A. L. Podio, K. Sepehrnoori*

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The main assumption in well test analysis is that the pressure at the perforation zone is known, although transient pressure data may often be recorded at points above the perforation zone in the wellbore. Conversion of recorded data to bottomhole pressure can be affected by wellbore-related phenomena. In this article we develop a nonisothermal transient multiphase wellbore simulator, coupled to a compositional reservoir simulator, to model fluid flow and pressure during well testing. We show that neglecting multiphase flow effects in wellbores for the calculation of bottomhole pressure may make well test results unreliable. We also develop a method to use our simulator to calculate bottomhole pressure from measured pressure data when gauges are placed far from the perforations due to downhole restrictions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)625-642
Number of pages18
JournalPetroleum Science and Technology
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2009
Externally publishedYes


  • Gauge placement
  • Well testing
  • Wellbore simulation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Fuel Technology
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology


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