Decline curve based models for predicting natural gas well performance

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Kamari, A, Mohammadi, AH, Lee, M, Mahmood, T & Bahadori, A 2017, 'Decline curve based models for predicting natural gas well performance', Petroleum, vol. 3, no. 2, pp. 242-248.

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The productivity of a gas well declines over its production life as cannot cover economic policies. To overcome such problems, the production performance of gas wells should be predicted by applying reliable methods to analyse the decline trend. Therefore, reliable models are developed in this study on the basis of powerful artificial intelligence techniques viz. the artificial neural network (ANN) modeling strategy, least square support vector machine (LSSVM) approach, adaptive neuro-fuzzy inference system (ANFIS), and decision tree (DT) method for the prediction of cumulative gas production as well as initial decline rate multiplied by time as a function of the Arps’ decline curve exponent and ratio of initial gas flow rate over total gas flow rate. It was concluded that the results obtained based on the models developed in current study are in satisfactory agreement with the actual gas well production data. Furthermore, the results of comparative study performed demonstrates that the LSSVM strategy is superior to the other models investigated for the prediction of both cumulative gas production, and initial decline rate multiplied by time.

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