C&P: Optimizing Well Placement and Completion Strategies in the Piceance Basin Niobrara Formation

Speaker: Mike Mayerhofer
Speaker Mike Mayerhofer
Dr. Mayerhofer is the Director of Technology at Liberty Oilfield Services in Denver. He leads a team of engineers providing advanced fracture engineering solutions with special emphasis on unconventional shale and tight oil & gas plays. Previously, he was the Director of the Fracturing Center of Excellence at Pinnacle a ...

Dr. Mayerhofer is the Director of Technology at Liberty Oilfield Services in Denver. He leads a team of engineers providing advanced fracture engineering solutions with special emphasis on unconventional shale and tight oil & gas plays. Previously, he was the Director of the Fracturing Center of Excellence at Pinnacle a Halliburton Service in Houston specializing in the application of fracture diagnostic data to optimize fracture completions, well placement and infill drilling strategies.  His twenty-five year involvement with hydraulic fracturing and reservoir engineering includes fundamental research and real field applications in various global producing areas and has resulted in over 65 technical papers and journal articles.  Prior to joining Pinnacle in 1997, he worked for Union Pacific Resources in Ft. Worth.  He has a Doctorate in Petroleum Engineering from Mining University Leoben in Austria.  He was a member of the SPE Well Completions Committee from 1998 to 2001 and served on the JPT Editorial Committee. He was the recipient of the 2009 Completions Optimization and Technology Award for the SPE Gulf Coast North America Region.

Full Description

Black Hills Exploration and Production has drilled and completed a number of 8,000 to 10,000 foot horizontal wells in the Niobrara Formation in the Piceance Basin in Colorado. The Niobrara Formation in the Piceance Basin is a 1,200 foot thick, low permeability, gas-producing pay-zone with complex rock properties. The exploration program had three major items to address: the optimal zone in which to land the horizontal wells; the proper orientation of the horizontal wellbore in that zone; and how to complete the horizontal wells effectively. The evaluation included a combination of diagnostics such as pilot well data, microseismic and micro-deformation mapping, spectroscopy logs, borehole image logs, fracture modeling, DFITs, multi-well production logs and production diagnostics.

Organizer Shree Krishna

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Wed, Dec. 7, 2016
11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. US/Central

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