# Petroleum Engineering – Production Capacity

Once the first step āCollect basic dataā is performed, we pass to the ā step 2:Ā Production Capacity āĀ of theĀ ESP Nine Step Design Procedure. It consists on predicting the well inflow performance which represents the relationship between pressure and flow rate at the well face of an individual well and it is physically defined as the well flowing bottom-hole pressure (Pwf) as a function of production rate. It describes the flow in the reservoir.

Many inflow performance relationships (IPRās) are described in the literature. In this article, we will briefly present three of the most widely used IPRās to describe the well performance:

1. ### Productivity Index IPR:

As discussed in the article āWell Inflow Performanceā, the PI model is derived from Darcyās law and is applied when the flowing bottomhole pressure (Pwf) is greater than the bubble point pressure (Pb) (fluids flow similarly to single phase flow). The productivity index (PI) is equal to the liquid flow rate divided by the well drawdown (Pr-Pwf).

QĀ = PI (Pr āĀ Pwf)

So that, the inflow performance curve is a straight line with a slope equal to (-1/PI).

Pwf = (-1/PI) QĀ + Pr

1. ### Vogelās IPR:

Vogelās IPR is an empirical relationship based on reservoir simulation results of pure oil in solution gas-drive reservoir. Contrary to PI IPR, Vogelās IPR could be used when the wellās flowing bottomhole pressure (Pwf) is below the bubble point pressure (Pb)Ā and if the produced fluid is pure oil.

By using dimensionless pressures and rates, Vogel found well productivity could be described by:

For more details regarding Vogelās IPR, please refer to the article titled: āVogelās inflow performance relationshipā.

1. ### Composite IPR:

PI model is used for single phase flow (either water or oil/water mixture with Pwf>Pb). In the other hand, Vogelās model could be used when the wellās Pwf is below the PbĀ and the produced fluid is pure oil.

But what if theĀ PwfĀ is below Pb and wellās produced fluids is a mixture of oil, water, and gas?

In this case, the inflow performance could be described by theĀ Composite IPR andĀ IPR curve is somewhere between the curve valid for pure oil (Vogel model) and the one valid for Pwf > Pb (PI model).

For more details regarding Composite IPR, please refer to the article titled: āThe Composite Inflow Performance Relationshipā.