3D Hydraulic Fracture Modeling of Tight Gas Fluvial Reservoir Systems

Our Project

This project focuses on combining outcrop data with hydraulic fracture modelling to improve the understanding of three-dimensional hydraulic fracture growth in fluvial tight gas systems. The main outcome of this project will be to determine how different tight gas fluvial depositional environment systems, such as crevasse splays, channels, and point bars, etc, affect hydraulic fracture growth in three-dimensions. Such an understanding will lead to improvements in hydraulic fracture treatment designs and, subsequently, improved reserve recoveries. Onshore developments will benefit from this knowledge due to a better understanding of the necessary well-spacing to recover associated reserves. However, offshore developments will profit at an even greater level since down-spacing in such environments can be cost-prohibitive and any improvement in the understanding of three-dimensional drainage patterns will aid overall reservoir management.


This project was facilitated by ITF. It is sponsored by ConocoPhillips, Shell, Total, and ENI, and Wintershall.

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