Effect of Gas-Oil-Ratio on Oil Production
Maximum production from an oil well can be achieved through proper selection of tubing size. The selection of optimum tubing size must be evaluated when completing a well in any type of reservoir especially solution gas drive reservoir since there is likelihood of producing more gas as the reservoir pressure declines. The most widely used methods such as Tarner, Muskat and Tracy methods for predicting the performance of a solution gas drive reservoir were discussed and used to estimate the behaviour of producing GOR. A comparison was made between the results from each method. System analysis approach was adopted for this study. The future IPR curves were determined by a combination of Vogel and Fetkovich correlation. Beggs and Brill multiphase spreadsheet was used to produce the TPR curves by estimating flowing bottom-hole pressure for several tubing size using the predicted GOR produced and a range of flowrates. The effect of water production was also considered in this study. The results showed that for IPR5 as GOR increased from 1052 to 1453 scf/stb, oil production rate for 2 7/8-in increased by 17.6% and 3.3% for a further increase in GOR at 2610 scf/stb. At a GOR of 2610 scf/stb oil production decreased by 3.17% at water-cut of 5% and 9.5% at water-cut of 25%. All things being equal, the percentage reduction in production reduces as GOR increases from 2610 to 5635 scf/stb for all the tubing sizes used.