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Incorporating Geomechanical and Dynamic Hydraulic-Fracture-Property Changes Into Rate-Transient Analysis: Example From the Haynesville Shale
- Christopher R. Clarkson (University of Calgary) | Farhad Qanbari (University of Calgary) | Morteza Nobakht (University of Calgary) | Logan Heffner (Goodrich Petroleum)
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- Society of Petroleum Engineers
- SPE Reservoir Evaluation & Engineering
- Publication Date
- August 2013
- Document Type
- Journal Paper
- 303 - 316
- 2013. Society of Petroleum Engineers
- 5.8.2 Shale Gas, 2.5 Hydraulic Fracturing, 5.6.4 Drillstem/Well Testing
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It is well-known that many unconventional reservoirs experience porosity and permeability changes with pressure change during production. In recent work, authors have incorporated geomechanical modeling into production-analysis procedures to account for stress sensitivity of permeability of unconventional gas reservoirs, such as shale gas. Such corrections are necessary both for deriving accurate estimates of reservoir and hydraulic-fracture properties from rate-transient analysis (RTA) and for developing accurate long-term forecasts. It is possible with some shale-gas reservoirs that dynamic changes may occur in both the induced hydraulic fracture and matrix permeability, which could have a substantial impact on shale gas productivity. The stress dependence of shale-gas permeability has been quantified in the laboratory by several researchers, but measurements of this kind for propped or unpropped fractures under in-situ conditions are less routinely acquired. For the latter, a variety of mechanisms, caused in part or wholly by stress changes in the induced hydraulic fracture, could lead to conductivity changes. In the current work, we investigate the impact of both stress-dependent matrix permeability and fracture-conductivity changes on rate-transient signatures and derived reservoir and hydraulic-fracture properties. Stress-dependent matrix permeability is incorporated into RTA by use of modified pseudopressure and pseudotime formulations, and fracture-conductivity changes are approximated by applying a time-dependent (dynamic) skin effect. We demonstrate that when RTA incorporates both matrix permeability changes and dynamic skin, the resulting rate-transient signature looks very similar to those of other shale plays (long term transient linear flow). Uncorrected data appear to have a very short transient-linear-flow period, followed by apparent boundary-dominated flow. The impact of the applied corrections on the estimates of system permeability and fracture half-length is demonstrated, as is the impact on production forecasts.
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