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The main emphasis of production engineering is to optimize recovery and profit from an individual well. A production engineer is concerned with well completions, surface production equipment, well surveillance, and workovers to increase flow rates and ultimate recovery from oil and gas wells. The production engineer looks at problems on a well-by-well basis. Production engineers must be versatile and must be able to integrate results from geological, reservoir engineering, and petrophysical studies into a master plan that will optimize production and recovery from each wellbore in a field.

Part 9 begins with a chapter on production histories by Brent Hale. Often, production data can be analyzed both to understand the nature of the reservoir and to predict future production given different operating scenarios. The next two chapters discuss various aspects of well completions (Stephen A. Holditch) and stimulation (John Gidley). If the well completion and stimulation treatment are properly planned and executed, then most of the problems associated with producing operations tend to diminish in intensity.

One important production engineering tool that can be used to obtain data for making important decisions is well test analysis. Well test analysis can be associated with either production testing or pressure transient testing. These subjects are covered in Part 9 by David E. Lancaster and W. John Lee, respectively.

Well completion must be accompanied by the appropriate design of surface facilities and artificial lift systems. It is one thing to get the oil and gas from the reservoir into the wellbore, but it

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