This study suggests a sequential artificial neural network (ANN) method coupled with a multi-level grid system to optimise multi-well placement in petroleum reservoirs. As the number of scenarios for placing wells increases exponentially with the number of wells, the difficulty in finding the global optimum increases accordingly due to the intrinsic uncertainty of ANNs. The multi-level grid system can reduce the size of the search space by allocating only one well grid block per several grid blocks in the basic grid system. A higher level of grid system consists of finer grid blocks to gradually improve the resolution of the grid system. Repetitive implementation of the sequential ANN at each level of the grid system narrows the search space, and the global optimum is determined. The proposed algorithm is validated with applications to two- and three-infill-well problems in a coal-bed methane (CBM) reservoir.
|Number of pages||21|
|Journal||International Journal of Oil, Gas and Coal Technology|
|State||Published - 2020|
- Multi-level grid system
- Multi-well placement
- Sequential artificial neural network