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4D Seismic Monitoring for Assessing Reservoir Heterogeneity and Its Impact on Hydraulic Fracture Stimulation

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Course Credit: 0.15 CEU, 1.5 PDH

Hydraulic fracture stimulation is an essential part of economically producing from unconventional resources such as shale and tight and stone reservoirs. Within the subsurface, reservoir heterogeneity and variability in elastic rock properties significantly control the response to hydraulic fracturing efficiency and effectiveness of hydraulic fracture stimulation. Understanding the link between the reservoir heterogeneity and the rock response to stimulation is essential to better develop and produce shale and tight reservoirs with efficient recovery. This webinar will discuss the importance of understanding reservoir heterogeneity and its impact on the success of hydraulic fracturing in shale wells.

A square-mile section within the Wattenberg Field, Colorado, USA, the Niobrara was hydraulically fracture stimulated and produced using 11 horizontal wells. These wells were used as a well spacing test to understand the effectiveness of hydraulic fracturing within the Niobrara and Codell formations. A three-dimensional geomechanical model was generated as an input to the hydraulic fracture simulation modeling. 4D time-lapse seismic and microseismic were also used to characterize the reservoir response to hydraulic fracturing and two years of production. The seismic monitoring was observed to be beneficial for the validation of hydraulic fracture simulation modeling results. Furthermore, the integrated analysis indicated that there is potential room for improvement and optimization needed for efficiently developing the Niobrara and Codell formations within the Wattenberg Field.

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Course Chapters

  • 14D Seismic Monitoring for Assessing Reservoir Heterogeneity and Its Impact on Hydraulic Fracture Stimulation - Chapter 1
    Media Type: Video

Credits

Earn credits by completing this course0.15 CEU credit1.5 PDH credits

Speakers

Ahmed Al-Fataierge