Well Performance Engineering Certification


Who should attend?

  • This course provides in-depth technical knowledge in well performance engineering in order to hold rapidly and very effectively, the position of field engineer, design engineer, or project engineer.
Public :
  • Engineers (particularly recently graduated engineers or engineers in conversion) looking to acquire in-depth knowledge and best practices of Oil & Gas production.

Level : Foundation

Course Content


      • Thermodynamics: hydrocarbon families, compositional presentation of reservoir fluids.
      • Thermodynamics of petroleum fluids: pure component, binary mixture, multicomponent systems. Phase behavior, hydrocarbon fluids: under saturated oil, saturated oil, dry gas, wet gas, retrograde gas. Phase envelope.
      • Measurements: sampling: bottom hole and surface sampling. Representativity and validity of sampling, analysis, PVT studies: oil-gas condensate, fluid modeling: PVT matching.
      • PVT matching with a PVT EOS package.

      • Purpose of well testing, practical well test operations: types of tests, equipment, safety and environmental issues.
      • Definitions and typical flow regimes: radial flow, fractured reservoirs, limited reservoirs and closed reservoirs.
      • Productivity index, radius of investigation.
      • Basic equations and methods: Darcy's law and the diffusivity equation, time superposition, multirate testing, space superposition, boundary effect, pressure curves analysis, pressure derivative analysis.
      • Wellbore conditions, Boundary models, test design. Hands-on session…

      • Primary recovery: undersaturated oil expansion, solution gas drive, gas gap drive, natural water drive, analytical aquifer models. Hurst & Van Everdingen model. Carter-Tracy model, gas reservoirs with and without aquifer, material balance.
      • Secondary recovery: multiphase flow in the reservoir, water/immiscible gas injection. Principles, multiphase flow stability and influence of mobility ratio. Diffusive flow, sweep efficiency, water & gas injection.

      • Material balance: material balance equations for the various drive mechanisms “Drive Index’’, Practical exercises on synthetic and real field case data using MBAL™ software: PVT and reservoir parameters history match, production forecast.
      • Decline curve analysis: fundamentals of decline curve analysis, Arps equation, decline exponent, Exponential, Harmonic and Hyperbolic Declines, Application and limitation of decline curve analysis.
      • Type curve matching and case studies.

      • Well performance design for naturally flowing well: inflow/outflow theory and practice, well completion equipment and design optimization.
      • Artificial Lift (AL) methods design and practice: AL methods and corresponding equipment and performance, ESP and gas lift design.
      • Gas well and water injection well performance design.
      • Case study: well performance project design.

Learning Objectives

  • Upon completion of this course the participants will be able to:
  • discuss main principles of thermodynamics applied to reservoir engineering studies,
  • build a PVT model for reservoir simulation and carry out a well test interpretation,
  • identify main flow regimes and define or recommend a well test design.
  • explain the natural, secondary and EOR mechanisms of production of Oil & Gas reservoirs and discuss their related performance,
  • perform simple material balance calculations for matching reservoir parameters/forecast recovery for a real case and consequently reserve definition,
  • estimate the ultimate reservoir recovery by decline curve analysis,
  • select the relevant reservoir characteristics and fluid properties related to well performance modeling,
  • design artificial lift, select the adequate method and optimize well performance,
  • analyze the impact of well completion and equipment on well performance, analyze the operation process.

Ways & Means

  • Highly interactive training with industry specialist lecturers.
  • Multiple teamwork sessions and industrial case studies.
  • Numerous simulation exercises using corresponding software (MBAL™, PROSPER™ & GAP™).
  • Knowledge assessment on a weekly basis.


  • An international recognition of your competencies.
  • A Graduate Certificate is delivered.
  • An expertise confirmed in Well Performance Engineering .
  • Ready-to-use skills.
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