Sponsors:- BP, Chevron, TOTAL, Marathon, ExxonMobil, EBN, Nexen, Noble, Repsol, BG
Improved planning of hydraulic fracture stimulation could significantly increase the profitability and ultimate recovery of gas from tight sandstone and shale formations. Our inability to model hydraulic fracture development, the accompanying stress changes that occur due to hydraulic fracture development and subsequent gas production is a significant barrier that reduces our ability to optimise drilling, stimulation and work-over programs in tight gas reservoirs. Here we propose to develop a FE-based modelling technology and microseismic methodology that will improve industry understanding of hydraulic fracturing processes. The developed software will be verified against experimental and operator supplied data. The modelling technology may then be used to enhance knowledge of the issues such as:
This project brings together world leading groups in the development of FE software, geomechanical and geophysical analysis whom have a strong track record of both working together and delivering timely results on large multi-disciplinary projects.