# Production Potential

## Brief

**Production Potential** is the **maximum** rate that can be delivered by Well, Pattern, Block or Reservoir.

## Math and Physics

The Darcy's law can be written as:

where:

- is the oil or gas production rate,
- is the Reservoir transmissibility and is given by the Mother Nature,
- is the
**Lift System**Drawdawn which is set by the operational engineering practices^{[1]}, - is the
**Completion System**dimensionless productivity index which is set by the design engineering practices^{[1]}.

The rate is **maximum** then and are **maximum**.

## Maximum

The drawdown is:

The maximum drawdown is reached then the flowing bottomhole pressure, , so:

## Maximum

The maximum possible stimulated well potential for pseudo steady linear flow is:

, see 6/π stimulated well potential

The maximum possible stimulated well potential for steady state linear flow is:

, see 4/π stimulated well potential

## Achieving potential

Can **Production Potential** be achieved?

The ideal, of producing and recovering at potential, is rarely obtained in practice. Reasons for this vary from company to company, but more often than not, the reason is **Production Potential** is not known and therefore not managed^{[1]}.

Calculating the **Production Potential** opens the pathway to achieve potential.

## References

- ↑
^{1.0}^{1.1}^{1.2}Wolcott, Don (2009).*Applied Waterflood Field Development*. Houston: Energy Tribune Publishing Inc.