Fishbone type horizontal wellbore completion: A study for pressure behavior, flow regimes, and productivity index

Al-Rbeawi S., Artun F. E.

JOURNAL OF PETROLEUM SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING, vol.176, pp.172-202, 2019 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 176
  • Publication Date: 2019
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.petrol.2018.12.076
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.172-202
  • Keywords: Fishbone completion, Horizontal wells, Multilateral wells, Reservoir performance, Reservoir simulating and modeling, TRANSIENT ANALYSIS, MULTILATERAL WELLS, MODEL, RESERVOIRS
  • Istanbul Technical University Affiliated: Yes


This paper focuses on studying pressure behavior, flow regimes, and productivity index of oil and gas reservoirs depleted by horizontal wells with a fishbone type completion technology. The main objective is introducing an integrated approach for the favorable configuration and distribution of multilateral horizontal wells extending in porous media at arbitrary directions and arbitrary permeability trajectories. The study aims to demonstrate the advantages and disadvantages of fishbone completion in terms of transient and pseudo-steady state productivity index considering single phase flow in the porous media. It is also an attempt to propose new analytical models for the expected flow regimes and new practical solutions for estimating stabilized productivity index for different scenarios of fishbone completion.