Semester of Graduation

Summer 2018


Master of Science in Petroleum Engineering (MSPE)


Craft & Hawkins Department of Petroleum Engineering

Document Type



According to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), worst-case discharge (WCD) is the single highest possible daily flow rate of liquid hydrocarbon during an uncontrolled wellbore flow event [49]. The main objective of this research is to develop a workflow to calculate worst case discharge (WCD) volumes for a drilling scenario using an integrated reservoir-nodal analyses approach. Using robust integrated production modeling (IPM) tools, a nodal analysis workflow is developed to compute WCD volumes and rates that operators can use easily if they have IPM, or adapt to using a different software (including excel) in absence of IPM. A secondary objective of this research is to test different geologic sequencing patterns (sand/shale and reservoir-non reservoir sequences as in Gulf of Mexico) as well as reservoir parameters like rock compressibility and aquifer presence to assess impact on WCD rates and cumulative volumes. The integrated reservoir-nodal analysis workflow is validated using reservoir simulation of the same scenarios.



Committee Chair

Gupta, Ipsita