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Well Testing Project Management

Book Description

Well test planning is one of the most important phrases in the life cycle of a well, if done improperly it could cost millions. Now there is a reference to ensure you get it right the first time. Written by a Consultant Completions & Well Test Engineer with decades of experience, Well Test Planning and Operations provides a road map to guide the reader through the maze of governmental regulations, industry codes, local standards and practices. This book describes how to plan a fit-for-purpose and fault free well test, and to produce the documents required for regulatory compliance. Given the level of activity in the oil and gas industry and the shortage of experienced personnel, this book will appeal to many specialists sitting in drilling, completion or exploration departments around the world who find themselves in the business of planning a well test, and yet who may lack expertise in that specialty. Nardone provides a roadmap to guide the planner through this complex subject, showing how to write the necessary documentation and to coordinate the many different tasks and activities, which constitute well test planning. Taking the reader from the basis for design through the well Test program to well test reports and finally to the all-important learning to ensure continuous improvement.

Identification and prioritization of well test objectives
Confirmation of well test requirements
Preparation of detailed well test programs
Selection and qualification of test equipment
Onsite (onshore and offshore) engineering support and test supervision
Detailed well test interpretation
Definition of Extended Well Test (EWT) requirements

Table of Contents

  1. Brief Table of Contents
  2. Table of Contents
  3. Copyright
  4. Acknowledgement
  5. Preface
  6. Chapter 1. Well Test Planning Environment
    1. The Decision-Making Environment
    2. Management of a Rig
    3. Critical Path Planning
    4. Contingency Planning
    5. Schedule Planning
    6. Logistics
    7. The Regulatory Environment
    8. Legal Framework
    9. Regulators
    10. Regulations
    11. Approvals
    12. Notifications and Reporting
    13. Company Policy
    14. Standards
    15. Standards Bodies
    16. Class Societies
    17. Regulations and Safety
    18. Role of the Well Test Engineer
    19. The Local Environment
    20. Language and Culture
    21. Green Testing
    22. Physical Location
    23. Onshore
    24. Offshore
    25. The Well Environment
    26. Pressure
    27. Temperature
    28. Well Design
    29. Open or Cased Hole
    30. Barrier Philosophy
    31. Well Depth
    32. The Challenging Environment
    33. Role of the Well Test Engineer
    34. New Technology
  7. Chapter 2. Well Test Services
    1. Working with Contractors
    2. Perforating Service
    3. Perforating Charges
    4. Wireline or Tubing Conveyed
    5. Wireline Perforation
    6. Tubing-Conveyed Perforating Service
    7. Size and Type of Charge
    8. Deployment
    9. Firing Heads
    10. Contingency Perforating
    11. Depth Control
    12. Tubing Service
    13. Tubing Handling
    14. Types of Tubing
    15. Tubing Handling On Site
    16. Downhole Tools Service
    17. Control of Annulus and Tubing Communication
    18. Downhole Shut In
    19. New Technologies
    20. Subsea Service
    21. Subsea Test Tree (SSTT)
    22. Deepwater Operations
    23. Water Depth
    24. Surface Well Test Service
    25. Safety Systems
    26. Sampling Service
    27. Gauge Service
    28. Wireline Service
    29. Slickline Service
    30. Nitrogen Service
    31. Coil Tubing Service
  8. Chapter 3. Well Test Description
    1. Well Test Equipment
    2. Oil and Gas Measurements
    3. Oil and Gas Well Tests
    4. Common Well Test Engineering Challenges
  9. Chapter 4. Planning Processes and Documents
    1. Documentation
    2. Document Control
    3. Initial Planning and Basis for Design
    4. The Contracts Process
    5. Rig Visit
    6. Logistics Plan
    7. Roles and Responsibilities
    8. Detailed Planning and the Well Test Program
    9. Test the Well on Paper
    10. Well Test Validation
    11. Safety Planning
  10. Chapter 5. Engineered Controls
    1. Fluids
    2. Materials
    3. Pipework Sizing
    4. Nodal Analysis
    5. Tubing Stress Analysis
    6. Hazard and Operability
    7. Rig Interface Engineering
    8. Compensator System
    9. Drilling Rig P and ID
    10. Facility Design and Engineering Report
    11. Design Review
  11. Chapter 6. Planning for Safety
    1. Onshore versus Offshore
    2. Why Is a Well Test Special?
    3. Safety and Company Policy
    4. A Safety Case Approach
    5. The Well Test Safety Case Revision
    6. Well Test Facility Description
    7. Equipment Placement
    8. Safety Management Systems
    9. Formal Safety Assessment
    10. Risk Assessment
    11. Hazard and Operability HAZOP
    12. Quantitative Risk Analysis
    13. Well Safety Case Revision References
    14. Conclusion
  12. Chapter 7. Well-Site Operations
    1. Well-Site Planning Tools
    2. Crew Integration
    3. Pressure Testing
    4. Well Test Program
    5. Demobilization
    6. Service Tickets
    7. Well-Site Reports
  13. Chapter 8. Continuous Improvement
    1. Continuous Improvement Goals
    2. Collecting Lessons Learned
    3. Recurrent Themes
    4. Early Planning and Contractor Buy-In
    5. Design Process
    6. Human Error
    7. Submission Documents
    8. Planning Processes
    9. Continuous Improvement Process
    10. Continuous Improvement Meeting Checklist
    11. Migration of Knowledge
    12. Service versus Product Contractors
    13. The Well Test Engineer Role
  14. Appendix 1. Well Test Basis For Design
    1. 1.0. Overview
    2. 2.0. Design Features
    3. 3.0. Test Outline and Time Estimate
  15. Appendix Appendix 2
  16. Appendix 3. Well Test Logistics Plan
  17. Appendix 4. Well Test Equipment Inspection Guideline
  18. Appendix 5. Well Test Program
    1. References
    2. 1.0.. Overview
    3. 2.0. Preparations
    4. 3.0. Critical Path Procedures
    5. 5.0. Appendix A Contingency Procedures
    6. 7.0. Appendix C Layout Drawing
    7. 8.0. Appendix D P & ID
  19. Appendix 6. Roles and Responsibilities during a Well Test
    1. 1.0. Purpose
    2. 2.0. Roles and Responsibilities
  20. Appendix 7. Wellsite Well Test Equipment Preparation Checklist
    1. 1.0. Overview
    2. 2.0. Equipment Preparation Checklists
    3. 3.0. PRe-Test Safety Briefing Checklists
  21. Glossary
  22. Bibliography
    1. References