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Analysis on the effect of different fracture geometries on the productivity of tight gas reservoirs

Muther, Temoor and Nizamani, Adnan Aftab and Ismail, Abdul Razak (2020) Analysis on the effect of different fracture geometries on the productivity of tight gas reservoirs. Malaysian Journal of Fundamental and Applied Sciences, 16 (2). pp. 201-211. ISSN 2289-5981

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Abstract

Tight gas reservoirs are unconventional reservoir assets which have been the focus of major research in the petroleum industry owing to the global decline in conventional reservoirs. They are widely unlocked by creating hydraulic fractures in the formation to increase the flow capacity and productivity. The objective of this paper is to analyze different fracture geometries and their effect on tight gas production. The reservoir simulation model of the tight gas reservoir has been built with single porosity approach. A single vertical well with a single stage fracture has been used in the model to predict the behavior of fracture geometry. The major parameters of fracture geometry studied are fracture half-length, fracture width, and fracture height. Four sensitivities are run over different fracture geometry that is constant height and constant width, constant height and changing width, changing height and constant width, and changing height and changing width, while increasing the fracture half-length from 100 ft to 500 ft in each case. Sensitivity analysis exhibited that keeping the hydraulic fracture at constant height and constant width while increasing the fracture half-length resulted in enhanced tight gas productivity i.e. 11.63%, 14.14%, 16.06%, 17.48%, and 18.89% at hydraulic fracture half-lengths of 100 ft, 200 ft, 300 ft, 400 ft, and 500 ft, respectively, compared to other types of fracture geometry.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Fracture geometry, unconventional reservoirs, tight gas productivity, hydraulic fracturing
Subjects:T Technology > TP Chemical technology
Divisions:Chemical Engineering
ID Code:85596
Deposited By: Fazli Masari
Deposited On:30 Jun 2020 16:54
Last Modified:30 Jun 2020 16:54

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