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Horizontal good technology is one of the recent methods in the drilling and exploitation of geological formations in the best and optimal ways, because of the many and comprehensive advantages that these wells enjoy with the most important measurement and prediction index called productivity index. Which is equivalent to several times higher than the vertical well productivity index, if the field is invested by drilling vertical wells only.

The current research focuses on calculating the productivity index by proposing the development point of view of the reservoir formation in the Burgan oil field through the production of oil from the production units approved in the formation (MB21, MC1, MC2) by using of horizontal good technology and comparing it with the value of the productivity index of vertical wells in the same production units.

Well-known published methods adopted in the case of steady state and pseudo steady state were used in the calculations of the productivity index, and by comparison with the standard observed results, it was found that the Joshi method was closer than others in the calculations of the productivity index for both steady and pseudo steady state cases. Then the calculations were completed taking into account all conditions and factors that have a significant role in the value of the calculated productivity index.

The obtained results revealed that PI increases with [well length, isotropy ratio (Kv/Kh), well thickness vs. well length] increase, while it was decreased with [ drainage area] increase in the case of steady state conditions. Also, the PI increase with length increase in the case of Pseudo steady state condition for all the studied methods, and both of Kuchuck and Economides methods seem to be close in obtained results, but Economides is the closest one to the reality and importance in application with the present case. Completion configuration has an effluence on the PI, and it is increasing with the increase of well opening to the production for such well length.

Also, all the results indicated that the use of this type of technology in the field development is good and promising, and gave valuable, excellent, and optimistic results for the future production of the field in a profitable manner.

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