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Petroleum Reservoir Engineering Practice by Nnaemeka Ezekwe

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Chapter 10. Fluid Flow in Petroleum Reservoirs

10.1 Introduction

In prior chapters, various methods for the calculation of volumes of hydrocarbons in place in petroleum reservoirs and potential recoveries were presented. These methods do not provide the engineer with techniques for estimating the rates at which the hydrocarbon reserves could be produced. Determination of achievable production rates is a critical element in the economic evaluation of hydrocarbon resources. If the predicted production rates are low due to geologic barriers and/or rock and fluid properties, economic development of the hydrocarbon resource may be delayed or in some cases abandoned if these factors that limit capacity to produce are not resolved in favor of the ...

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