Analysis of gas production from hydraulically fractured wells in the haynesville shale using scaling methods

Frank Male, Akand W. Islam, Tadeusz Patzek, Svetlana Ikonnikova, John Browning, Michael P. Marder

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Abstract

The Haynesville Shale is one of the largest unconventional gas fields in the US. It is also one of the deepest, with wells reaching more than 10, 000 feet below ground. This uncommon depth and overpressure leads to initial reservoir pressures of up to 12, 000 psi. These pressures are uniquely high among shale gas reservoirs, and require special treatment. We show that the methods developed by Patzek, et al., PNAS, 110, 19731-19736, can scale all individual wells' gas productions to fit upon a single, universal curve. Haynesville wells can take months or years for flowing tubing pressure to stabilize, so we modified the type curves to take this into account. Furthermore, we introduce a PVT solver in order to calculate gas properties at up to reservoir pressures. When we apply the scaling theory to 2, 199 individual well productions in the Haynesville, we find 1, 580 wells which have entered exponential decline due to pressure interference. We use a simple physical model to determine the time to interference for wells with geologic parameters typical of the Haynesville, and use this to determine a field-wide permeability from the wells where we have observed pressure interference. From this, we arrive at time to interference for the remainder of Haynesville wells, and use this to arrive at production forecasts for all individual wells.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationSociety of Petroleum Engineers - SPE USA Unconventional Resources Conference 2014
PublisherSociety of Petroleum Engineers
Pages388-396
Number of pages9
ISBN (Print)9781632663177
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014
EventSPE USA Unconventional Resources Conference 2014 - The Woodlands, TX, United States
Duration: Apr 1 2014Apr 3 2014

Publication series

NameSociety of Petroleum Engineers - SPE USA Unconventional Resources Conference 2014

Other

OtherSPE USA Unconventional Resources Conference 2014
CountryUnited States
CityThe Woodlands, TX
Period04/1/1404/3/14

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geochemistry and Petrology

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