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Oil well performance

When sadaconsidering theasd performance of oil wells, it is often assumed that a


wells performance cdsadasan be estimated by the productivity index. However, Evi
nger and Muskat[1] pointed out that, for multiphase flow, a curved relationship
existed between flow rate and pressure and that the straight-line productivity i
ndex did not apply to multiphase flow. The constant productivity index concept i
s only appropriate for oil wells producing under single-phase flow conditions, p
ressures above the reservoir fluids bubblepoint pressure. For reservoir pressures
less than the bubblepoint pressure, the reservoir fluid exists as two phases, v
apor and liquid, and techniques other than the productivity index must be applie
d to predict oilwell performance.