Petroleum Reservoir Fluid Property Correlations

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Large sets of petroleum fluid data exist for the various reservoir conditions and properties that occur in practice.

Written by three internationally well-known and respected petroleum engineers, this book is the result of several years of exhaustive research that gathered data sets from databases all over the world. The data were compared against the results of many published correlations of fluid properties in order to find the ''best in class'' required in the petroleum industry. Those findings are offered here as recommended use in reservoir engineering calculations. The data sets cover natural gases, reservoir oils, and reservoir waters (brines). The result of this research project is the best correlation for each fluid property.

Petroleum Reservoir Fluid Property Correlations will prove to be a valuable resource for reservoir engineers, production engineers who need to determine which set of correlation equations are most useful for their work, and graduate-level reservoir engineering.

Features & Benefits

  • Best-in-class correlation equations contained in one volume
  • The most accurate data for reservoir engineering calculations
  • Correlations that cover all reservoir hydrocarbons and brines


  • Reservoir engineers
  • Production engineers seeking the most useful correlation equations for their work
  • Students

About the Authors

Dr. William D. McCain Jr. was a visiting professor in the Department of Petroleum Engineering at Texas A&M University since 1991. He also has a petroleum consulting firm, McCain Engineering. McCain started his engineering career with Esso (now Exxon) Research Laboratories in 1956. He was professor and head of the petroleum engineering department at Mississippi State University from 1965 to 1976. He taught petroleum engineering at Texas A&M University from 1984 through 1987. McCain was a consulting petroleum engineer with Cawley, Gillespie & Associates from 1987 until 1991. He was then with S.A. Holditch & Associates from 1991 until 2000, retiring as executive vice president, chief engineer, and member of the board of directors. His engineering specialties within the company were properties of petroleum fluids and reservoir engineering, especially for gas condensates and volatile oils.

He holds four US patents, has published more than 60 technical articles, wrote two editions of The Properties of Petroleum Fluids, and was coauthor of Petroleum Reservoir Fluid Property Correlations. He holds a BS degree from Mississippi State College and MS and PhD degrees from Georgia Institute of Technology, all in chemical engineering. He is also a graduate of the US Army War College.

Dr. John P. Spivey has more than 25 years' experience in the petroleum industry, with interests in pressure transient analysis, production data analysis, reservoir engineering, continuing education, and software development. From 1984 to 1990 he worked for SoftSearch, Inc. (later Dwight’s EnergyData) developing petroleum economics and engineering software. In 1990, Dr. Spivey joined S.A. Holditch & Associates (SAH), which was purchased by Schlumberger (SLB) in 1997 and he remained with Schlumberger until 2014, when he left to start his own reservoir engineering consulting company, Phoenix Reservoir Software, LLC.

Since 1992, Dr. Spivey has served as a visiting assistant professor or adjunct assistant professor at Texas A&M University. He is the editor of the SPE Reprint Series Vol. 52, Gas Reservoir Engineering, and Vol. 57, Pressure Transient Testing, and coauthor of SPE Textbook Series Vol. 9, Pressure Transient Testing. He has published numerous papers and articles in industry journals and trade publications. Dr. Spivey has a BS in physics from Abilene Christian University, an MS in physics from the University of Washington, a PhD in petroleum engineering from Texas A&M University, and is a registered professional engineer in the state of Texas.

Dr. Christopher P. Lenn has been employed by Schlumberger since 1990 and is currently the research director for the Fluids Department in Schlumberger Cambridge Research, Cambridge, UK. In his international career with Schlumberger he has had postings in the Middle East, the U.S. and the UK. Prior to Schlumberger, he has worked for Cranfield University (School of Mechanical Engineering) as a senior research fellow and Unilever Research (Colworth Laboratory) as a research assistant, both in the UK.

He holds a BSc degree in applied physics from London University (1976) and a PhD degree in fluid engineering from Cranfield University (1985).

Type: Hardcover
Size: 6x9
Pages: 232
Published: 2010
ISBN: 9781593701871

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William D. McCain Jr. | John P. Spivey | Christopher P. Lenn
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