YP: Well Spacing, Fracture Spacing, Fracture Sequencing and Fluid Selection in Pad Fracturing of Horizontal Wells

Speaker: Mukul Sharma
Speaker Mukul Sharma
Mukul M. Sharma is Professor and holds the “Tex” Moncrief Chair in the Department of Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin where he has been for the past 30 years. He served as Chairman of the Department from 2001 to 2005. His current research interests ...

Mukul M. Sharma is Professor and holds the “Tex” Moncrief Chair in the Department of Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin where he has been for the past 30 years. He served as Chairman of the Department from 2001 to 2005. His current research interests include hydraulic fracturing, oilfield water management, formation damage and improved oil recovery. He has published more than 300 journal articles and conference proceedings and has 15 patents. He founded Austin Geotech Services an E&P consulting company in 1996 and co-founded Layline Petroleum and Karsu Petroleum private E&P companies in 2006. Sharma has a bachelor of technology in chemical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology and an MS and PhD in chemical and petroleum engineering from the University of Southern California.


Among his many awards, Dr. Sharma is the recipient of the 2009 Lucas Gold Medal, SPE’s highest technical award. He is also the recipient of the 2004 SPE Faculty Distinguished Achievement Award, the 2002 Lester C. Uren Award and the 1998 SPE Formation Evaluation Award. He served as an SPE Distinguished Lecturer in 2002, has served on the Editorial Boards of many journals, and taught and consulted for industry worldwide.


 

Full Description

 

A general poroelastic modeling framework (MULTIFRAC) was used to analyze and integrate field pressure, rate, micro-seismic, tracer and production data. It is shown that pressure data obtained during fracturing can be used as a diagnostic tool to study fracture interference. After the model has been calibrated and validated with field data, it can be used to perform pad-scale simulations to determine optimum fracture spacing and well spacing while properly accounting for both mechanical and poroelastic stress interference effects. Simulations were run to analyze the impact of important geological properties and fracture design parameters. These simulations can be used for making operational decisions for drilling (well spacing, infill drilling), production (avoiding frac hits) and completion (frac spacing, sand volumes, fluids, sequencing) for a particular geological environment.

Fluid selection and flowback control are shown to influence the performance of pad-fraced wells. Our ability to efficiently flow back both frac water and reservoir liquids is a key to good well performance. Simulations and field performance data are used to show how this flowback is controlled by fluid selection, flowback choke control and wellbore trajectory. Simulations are run using a coupled wellbore-reservoir flow model (PFF) and a reservoir simulator and to select the appropriate wellbore trajectory and predict the clean-up and performance of wells completed toe-up and toe-down.

 

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Organizer SPE Gulf Coast Young Professionals

Arash Shadravan - info@reservoirfocus.com , 979-422-7648 


Sahil Malhotra - sahil.malhotra@chevron.com832-854-7885


Julia Carval - julia.carval@us.bureauveritas.com832-910-4514

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Mon, Feb. 15, 2016
11 a.m. - 1 p.m. US/Central

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Houston Technology Center
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