The need to produce oil and gas efficiently, economically and environmental-friendly has promoted the development of long extended reach horizontal and multilateral wells, which enable greater reservoir contact and lower draw-downs to achieve similar rates as conventional wells. However, this increased wellbore length has led to uneven drawdown distribution along such a well, often leading to early break-through of water or gas, and causing reduction in oil recovery and uneven sweep of the drainage area. The problem becomes more severe when a heterogeneous reservoir is involved.
Ding Zhu is Associate Professor and holder of the W. D. Von Gonten Faculty Fellowship in Petroleum Engineering at Texas A&M University. She received a B.S. in mechanical engineering from the Beijing University of Science and Technology and M. S. and Ph. D. degrees Petroleum Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Ding Zhu’s main research areas include general production engineering, well stimulation, and complex well performance.
Dr. Zhu is a co-author of more than eighty technical papers and the SPE book, Multilateral Wells. She has been a chairperson and a committee member for many Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) conferences and events, and a technical editor for SPE Production and Operations Journal.