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Oil Well Modelling with Prosper (BACPRE05LIC1)

  • 3 daysLicense period: 1 Month Course Fee: 295 EUR


This self-paced course covers the concepts and application of naturally flowing oil well modelling with Prosper. You will understand how to collect and validate the proper data required for well analysis and how to troubleshoot and diagnose well performance. Get started on your micro-learning journey with Baobab and get the skills and knowledge you need, in your own time. IChemE accredited course (21 CPD hours).

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. . . anyone who wishes to learn how to apply the principles of well performance prediction in commercial well modelling software.

The benefits from attending

  • Explain the principles of reservoir fluid composition, properties and modelling. Identify the limitations of using correlations and Equations of State
  • Describe and interpret IPR curves and their derivation (PI, Vogel, Darcy etc.). Explain the components and effect of skin
  • Explain the concepts of slip and holdup and how this influences flow correlation selection. Describe the parameters for running lift curves and explain the shape of outflow curves
  • Identify the key factors controlling pressure loss In flowlines and the appropriate correlations
  • Explain the concepts of nodal analysis for flowrate prediction and the effect of sensitivity variables
  • Build, validate and match a naturally flowing oil well model (Prosper)
  • Run nodal analysis sensitivities, interpret the results and export lift curves (Prosper)
  • Apply and interpret more complex inflow modelling options (Darcy and skin) (Prosper)


1. Production system concepts
  • Production System Concepts (Part 1)
  • QUIZ - Production system concepts (1)
  • Production System Concepts (Part 2)
  • QUIZ - Production system concepts (2)
  • Data measurement quality
  • QUIZ - Data measurement quality

2. Units and datums
  • Units - an introduction to oilfield units
  • Units - an exercise on conversion factors
  • Units - prefixes in common use
  • QUIZ - Units
  • Datums (measurement reference points)
  • QUIZ - Datums

3. Reservoir fluid properties overview
  • Reservoir fluid composition
  • Reservoir fluid properties
  • Reservoir fluid properties - plots
  • QUIZ - Reservoir fluid composition

4. PVT correlations and matching
  • Wellbore fluids sampling
  • Reservoir fluids measurements (PVT analysis)
  • Fluid property correlations
  • QUIZ - Reservoir fluid measurement, analysis and correlations

5. Workshop: Building a well model (1)
  • Introduction and overview (Prosper)
  • Units and datums (Prosper)
  • Building a well model (options and preferences) (Prosper)
  • Building a well model (PVT data entry and matching) Part 1 (Prosper)
  • Building a well model (PVT data entry and matching) Part 2 (Prosper)

6. Inflow performance concepts
  • Inflow performance and Productivity Index (PI)
  • PI and Darcy's Law
  • How to increase PI
  • Pressure distribution in the reservoir
  • QUIZ - Inflow performance and PI

7. Radial flow IPR and skin
  • Radial inflow performance equation (oil)
  • Two phase inflow performance (PI and Vogel)
  • Skin components
  • QUIZ - Multiphase inflow performance

8. Outflow performance concepts
  • Components of wellbore pressure loss (gravity and friction)
  • Friction in the wellbore - estimates and calculation
  • Velocity and slip in the wellbore

9. Holdup and slip
  • Effect of flow distribution (regime) on slip
  • Slip and holdup correlations and flow regime maps
  • More on slip and holdup and an overview of flow correlations
  • Pressure loss in the wellbore - a summary
  • QUIZ - Pressure loss in the wellbore

10. Flow correlations and VLPs
  • How does Pwf change with flowrate - an introduction to VLPs
  • Flow correlation comparisons (gradient traverse and VLPs)
  • Recommended variables when generating VLPs for simulators
  • QUIZ - Flow correlations and VLPs

11. Workshop: Building a well model (2)
  • Building a well model (equipment data entry) (Prosper)
  • Building a well model (inflow data entry) (Prosper)

12. Pressure loss at surface
  • Components of surface pressure loss and rate of change of WHP
  • Choke performance overview
  • Surface flow correlation comparisons
  • QUIZ - Pressure loss at surface

13. Nodal analysis concepts
  • Introduction to nodal analysis
  • Running sensitivities (watercut and tubing size)
  • Running sensitivities (stimulation and WHP)

14. Nodal analysis plot interpretation
  • Running sensitivities (actual nodal analysis plots)
  • Nodal analysis plot interpretation (optimisation)
  • QUIZ - Well performance prediction

15. Workshop: Matching the well model
  • Matching the well model (production test data analysis) Part 1 (Prosper)
  • Matching the well model (production test data analysis) Part 2 (Prosper)
  • Running sensitivities Part 1 (Prosper)
  • Running sensitivities Part 2 (Prosper)
  • Exporting lift curves (VLPs) & IPR (Prosper)

16. Workshop: More complex IPR modelling
  • More complex inflow (IPR) modelling (Darcy and Skin) Part 1 (Prosper)
  • More complex inflow (IPR) modelling (Darcy and Skin) Part 2 (Prosper)

17. Workshop: Sensitivity analysis
  • Running gradient traverse (outflow) sensitivities (Prosper)
  • Running reservoir performance (inflow) sensitivities (Prosper)
  • Building a water injector and exporting lift curves (Prosper)
  • Naturally flowing well – workflow summary (Prosper)

18. Final course examination
  • EXAM - Oil well modelling with Prosper

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