Out-Of-Sequence (OOS) Fracturing can potentially maximize reservoir contact and fracture conductivity/connectivity by creating fracture complexity via reducing the stress anisotropy. It is initiated by fracturing two "book-end" frac stages (Outside Fracs), followed by a ‘middle" stage (Centre Frac) between them. The Center Frac is theorized to utilize the reduced stress anisotropy to activate pre-existing failure surfaces oriented at various azimuths and dip angles, thereby connecting bi-wing fractures to planes of weakness (natural fractures/fissures/faults/joints/cleats) and resulting in a complex fracture network that enhances connectivity and fracture area within the Stimulated Reservoir Volume (SRV). OOS Fracturing can mitigate possible issues in treatments aiming at creating fracture complexity, including zipper frac (fracture tip interference and blunting inhibiting fracture extension), modified zipper frac (risks of well bashing and fractures growing asymmetrically opposite of the induced stress from prior stage in the adjacent well), simultaneous frac (middle clusters experiencing larger stress interference inhibiting their growth), and high-rate fracturing (risk of cluster erosion reducing the limited entry effect and premature screenout due to inconsistent diversions inside fractures).
Since its inception in early 2010s, OOS Fracturing has not gained considerable attention due to previously-existing operational limitations in fracturing out-of-sequence. It is reported to have been field tested in Western Siberia in 2014 with claimed well performance success. Operational limitations of the system employed in that trial is believed to have prevented its commercial development at that time. With the advent of Multicycle Sleeves and Shift-Frac-Close operation with a single Bottom-Hole Assembly to open and close sleeves, previous operational limitations of OOS Fracturing have been resolved. OOS Fracturing has since been trialed in three formations in Western Canada (2017/2018). This work analyzes the fracture treatment pressures and well performance of these trials.
Five OOS Fracturing trials in these three formations reveal that normalized 15-month/18-month production from out-of-sequence-fractured wells outperform that of sequentially-fractured offsets, with similar formation properties and treatment designs. Instantaneous Shut-In Pressures (ISIP) of Centre Frac are generally higher than that of either Outside Fracs. Breakdown pressures for Centre Fracs exhibit a mixed trend, confirming that reducing stress anisotropy could lower the breakdown gradient (based on Kirsch Equation) if rock fabric permits. Well performance and treatment pressures appear to be more sensitive to Centre Frac proppant tonnage/fluid volumes and uneven sleeve spacing.
This is the first attempt in analyzing the five OOS Fracturing trials, with encouraging well performance and operational execution in conventional reservoirs where it was deployed. Despite uneven sleeve spacing, depletion due to offset production, and less favorable geomechanical properties (high Poisson’s Ratio and low Young’s Modulus), field trials produced favorable results. True potential of non-sequential fracturing is potentially more promising in unconventional reservoirs with formation properties more conducive to complex fracture generation.
Today, almost half of Western Canada's natural-gas production comes from the Triassic-aged Montney formation, a sixfold increase over the last 10 years while gas production from most other plays has declined. In the last few years, demand for condensate as diluent for shipping bitumen has driven development of liquids-rich Montney natural gas leading to a surge in gas production and gas-on-gas competition in the Western Canadian Sedimentary Basin (WCSB), which has driven local natural gas prices down. This has had a material effect on the operations and finances of companies active in the Western Canada and is reshaping the Canadian gas industry. A significant portion of this growth has taken place in NE British Columbia and with the planned electrification of the industry in British Columbia, including the nascent LNG operations, will influence tomorrow's power industry in this region. NE British Columbia is a geographically large area with sparse population and the power supply into this region has lagged behind development of oil and natural gas resources. The area was originally served from geographically closer NW Alberta. More recently, supply was established from the BC Hydro power grid with the most significant developments being Dawson Creek-Chetwynd Area Transmission (DCAT) completed in 2016 and the additional 230 kV transmission projects scheduled for completion in 2021.
Zaluski, Wade (Schlumberger Canada LTD) | Andjelkovic, Dragan (Schlumberger Canada LTD) | Xu, Cindy (Schlumberger Canada LTD) | Rivero, Jose A. (Schlumberger Canada LTD) | Faskhoodi, Majid (Schlumberger Canada LTD) | Ali Lahmar, Hakima (Schlumberger Canada LTD) | Mukisa, Herman (Schlumberger Canada LTD) | Kadir, Hanatu (Schlumberger Canada Limited now with ExxonMobil) | Ibelegbu, Charles (Schlumberger Canada Limited) | Pearson, Warren (Pulse Oil Operating Corp) | Ameuri, Raouf (Schlumberger Canada Limited) | Sawchuk, William (Pulse Oil Operating Corp)
Enhanced oil recovery (EOR) is an economic way of producing the remaining oil out of previously produced Devonian Pinnacle Reefs in the Nisku Formation within the Bigoray area of Alberta. To maximize the recovery factor of the remaining oil, it was necessary to first characterize the geological structure, matrix reservoir properties, vugular porosity and the natural fracture network of these two carbonate reefs. This characterization model was then used for reservoir simulation history matching and production forecasting further discussed by (
Oil production from shale and tight formations will increase to more than 6 million barrels per day (b/d) in the coming decade, making up most of total U.S. oil production (> 50%). However, achieving an accurate formation evaluation of shale faces many complex challenges. One of the complexities is the accurate estimation of shale properties from well logs, which is initially designed for conventional reservoirs. When we use the well logs to obtain shale properties, they often cause some deviations. Therefore, in this work, we combine cores and well logs together to provide a more accurate guideline for estimation of total organic carbon, which is primarily of interest to petroleum geochemists and geologists.
Our work is based on Archie's equation. Resistivity log will lead to some incorrect results, such as total resistivity, when we follow the conventional interpretation procedure in well logs. Porosity is another complex parameter, which cannot be determined only by well log, i.e. density, NMR, and Neutron log. Therefore, the flowchart of TOC calculation includes five main parts: (I) the shale content calculation using Gamma log; (II) the determination of shale distributions using Density and Neutron logs and cross-plot; (III) the calculation of total resistivity at different distribution types; (IV) obtaining porosity using core analysis, NMR and density logs; and (V) the calculation of TOC from modified Archie's equation.
The results indicate that the shale content has a strong effect on estimation of water saturation and hydrocarbon saturation. Especially, the effect of shale content is exacerbated at a low water saturation. A more accurate flowchart for TOC calculation is established. Based on Archie's equation, we modify total resistivity and porosity by combining Gamma Log, Density Log, Neutron Log, NMR Log, and Cross-plot. An easier way to estimate porosity is provided. We combine the matrix density and kerogen density together and obtain them from core analysis. Poupon's et al. (1954) laminar model has some limitations when applying in shale reservoirs, especially at a low porosity.
Literature surveys show few studies on the flowchart of TOC calculation in shale reservoirs. This paper provides some insights into challenges of well logs, core analysis in shale reservoirs and a more accurate guideline of TOC calculation in shale reservoirs.
Abdelfatah, Elsayed (Chemical and Petroleum Engineering Department, University of Calgary, 2500 University Drive NW, Calgary, Alberta T2N 1N4, Canada) | Wahid-Pedro, Farihah (Chemical and Petroleum Engineering Department, University of Calgary, 2500 University Drive NW, Calgary, Alberta T2N 1N4, Canada) | Melnic, Alexander (Chemical and Petroleum Engineering Department, University of Calgary, 2500 University Drive NW, Calgary, Alberta T2N 1N4, Canada) | Vandenberg, Celine (Chemical and Petroleum Engineering Department, University of Calgary, 2500 University Drive NW, Calgary, Alberta T2N 1N4, Canada) | Luscombe, Aidan (Chemical and Petroleum Engineering Department, University of Calgary, 2500 University Drive NW, Calgary, Alberta T2N 1N4, Canada) | Berton, Paula (Chemical and Petroleum Engineering Department, University of Calgary, 2500 University Drive NW, Calgary, Alberta T2N 1N4, Canada) | Bryant, Steven (Chemical and Petroleum Engineering Department, University of Calgary, 2500 University Drive NW, Calgary, Alberta T2N 1N4, Canada)
Waterflooding of heavy oil reservoirs is commonly used to enhance their productivity. However, preferential pathways are quickly developed in the reservoir due to the significant difference in viscosity between water and heavy oil, and hence, the oil is trapped. Here, we propose a platform for designing ultra-low IFT solutions for reducing the capillary pressure and mobilizing the heavy oil.
In this study, mixtures of organic acids and bases were formulated. Three different formulations were tested: (i) Ionic liquid (IL) formulation where bulk acid (4-dodecylbenzene sulfonic acid) and base (Tetra-
The IL and ABs formulation are acidic solutions with pH around 3. The ASBs formulation is highly basic with a pH around 12. Non of the formulations salted out below 14 wt% of NaCl. While conventional surfactant, SDBS, precipitated at salt concnetration less than 2 wt% of NaCl. The formulation solutions (1 wt%) have different optimum salinities: 2.5 wt% NaCl for ASBs, 3 wt% NaCl for IL and AB. Although IL and AB have the same composition and molar ratio of the components, their performances are completely different, indicating different intermolecular interactions in both formulations. Corefloods were conducted using sandpack saturated with Luseland heavy oil (~15000 cP) and at fixed Darcy velocity of 12 ft/day. A slug of 1 PV of each formulation was injected after waterflooding for 5 PV and followed by 5 PV post-waterflooding. In the hydrophilic sandpacks, IL and AB formulation produced an oil bank, consisting mainly of W/O emulsion, with oil recovery that is 1.7 times what was recovered by 11 PV of waterflooding solely. Majority of the oil was recovered in the 2 PV of waterflood following the IL slug. ASBs formulations produced O/W emulsions with prolonged recovery over 5 PV waterflooding after the ASB slug. The recovery factor for ASBs was 1.6 times that recovered for 11 PV of waterflooding only. In the hydrophobic sandpacks, The ASB formulation slightly increased the recovery factor compared to only waterflooding. While for IL and AB formulation, the recovery factor decreased.
This work presented a novel platform for tuning the recovery factor and the timescale of recovery of heavy oil with a variable emulsion type from O/W to W/O depending on the intermolecular interactions in the system. The results demonstrate that the designed low IFT solutions can effectively reduce the capillary force and are attractive for field application.
Rate-transient analyses (RTA) is a useful reservoir/hydraulic fracture characterization method that can be applied to multi-fractured horizontal wells (MFHWs) producing from low permeability (tight) and shale reservoirs. In this paper, a recently-developed three-phase RTA technique is applied to the analysis of production data from a MFHW completed in a low-permeability volatile oil reservoir in the Western Canadian Sedimentary Basin.
This new RTA technique is used to analyze the transient linear flow regime for wells operated under constant flowing bottomhole pressure conditions. With the new method, the slope of the square-root-of-time plot applied to any of the producing phases can be used to directly calculate the linear flow parameter,
The subject well, a MFHW completed in 15 stages, produces oil, water and gas at a nearly constant (measured downhole) flowing bottomhole pressure. This well is completed in a low-permeability, near-critical volatile oil system. For this field case, application of the new RTA method leads to an estimate of
The new three-phase RTA technique developed herein is a simple-yet-rigorous and accurate alternative to numerical model history-matching for estimating
Costin, Simona (Imperial Oil) | Smith, Richard (Imperial Oil) | Yuan, Yanguang (Bitcan Geoscience and Engineering) | Andjelkovic, Dragan (Schlumberger Canada) | Garcia Rosas, Gabriel (Schlumberger Canada)
Open-hole mini-frac tests are seldom performed in the Athabasca and Cold Lake oil sands due to the complexity of operations. In this paper we present the results of open-hole injections tests performed in Cold Lake, Alberta (AB), Canada. The objective of the injection tests was to assess the in-situ stress condition in the Cretaceous Colorado Group. The injection tests results combined with the run of formation image logs (FMI) before and after the injection have enabled not only the determination of the in-situ minimum stress in the rock, but also the full 3-D stress tensor, along with the orientation and inclination of the hydraulic fracture. The tests were performed in IOL 102/08-02-066-03W4 (N10 Passive Seimic Well, 'PSW'). The injection tests have revealed that the vertical stress in the area is the in-situ minimum stress, consistent with previous measurements. The hydraulically-induced fracture has sub-horizontal to moderate dip angle, mostly owing to the preexisting fabric of the rock, and peaks in the general NE-SW direction. Numerical modeling of the in-situ stresses has shown that the values of the vertical and the minimum horizontal stresses are close, with the vertical stress consistently being smaller than the minimum horizontal stress in all tested zones.
Feustel, Michael (Clariant) | Goncharov, Victor (Clariant) | Kaiser, Anton (Clariant) | Smith, Rashod (Clariant) | Sahl, Mike (Clariant) | Kayser, Christoph (Clariant) | Wylde, Jonathan (Clariant) | Chapa, Amanda (Clariant)
Transportation of waxy crude oils and mitigation of wax deposition are major challenges especially in regions with cold climate. A viable solution for minimizing organic precipitation and fouling in pipelines or storage tanks is the use of inhibitors and dispersants, however, often those pour point depressants (PPDs) have their own challenges due to their own high product pour points. To overcome these issues a series of high active winterized polymer micro-dispersions were developed. Composition and physical properties of several light to heavy waxy crudes were fully explored based on SARA analysis, wax content and paraffin carbon chain distribution. Performance of candidate chemistries from four major classes of polymeric paraffin inhibitors were studied using industry standard methods. Selected high performing chemistries were processed into micro-dispersions using solvents and surfactants under high shear/ high pressure blending. The new polymer micro-dispersions (MDs) were characterized by their pumpability and stability at cold climates. Series of pour point measurements, rheology profiles and wax deposition tests were carried out for performance comparison of MDs to standard polymers in solution. Processes developed here were versatile to convert polymers from all classes of chemistries into micro-dispersion. Binary and ternary polymeric dispersions were also created showing synergistic effects on the pour point reduction and inhibition of wax deposition of the selected challenging crude oils. The performance of the new polymer micro-dispersions was found comparable to superior with standard polymers in solution. Hence, it was possible to create pumpable inhibitors for extreme cold climates without compromising on performance. The systematic approach used here allowed development of more customized solution based on crude characteristics and desired performance. Micro-dispersions were found stable for long term storage in temperatures ranging from -50°C to +50°C. Multiple global field trials are on-going with very positive results demonstrating early success in lab-to-field deployment. Based on lab and field data, this paper demonstrates that highly active micro-dispersed polymers can perform at significantly lower dosage rate when compared to winterized polymers in solution. Cold storage stability and pumpability eliminated the needs for heated tanks and lines reducing operation and capital expenditures.
This paper outlines methods to characterize hydraulic fracture geometry and optimize full-scale treatments using knowledge gained from Diagnostic Fracture Injection Tests (DFITs) in settings where fracturing pressures are high.
Hydraulic fractures, whether created during a DFIT or larger scale treatment, are usually represented by vertical plane fracture models. These models work well in a relatively normal stress regime with homogeneous rock fabric where fracturing pressure is less than the Overburden (OB) pressure. However, many hydraulic fracture treatments are pumped above the OB pressure, which may be caused by near well friction or tortuosity but, may also result in more complex fractures in multiple planes.
Procedures are proposed for picking Farfield Fracture Extension Pressure (FFEP) in place of conventional ISIP estimates while distinguishing between storage, friction and tortuosity vs. fracture geometry indicators.
Analysis of FFEP and ETFRs identified in the DFIT PTA analysis method combined with the context of rock fabric and stress setting are useful for designing full-scale fracturing operations. A DFIT may help identify potentially problematic multi-plane fractures, predict high fracturing pressures or screen-outs. Fluid and completion system designs, well placement and orientation may be adjusted to mitigate some of these effects using the intelligence gained from the DFIT early warning system.
Optimizing steam-assisted gravity drainage (SAGD) performance in oil sands reservoirs relies on the quality of steam allocation decisions made across the well inventory. With finite facility steam generation capacity, SAGD producers are typically challenged with identifying the true opportunity cost of allocating steam volumes based on well performance. This paper presents a novel technique to inform steam allocation decisions and managing SAGD reservoir pressures in service of optimizing production and consequently improving the economic performance of the asset through smarter SAGD field development planning.
The concept of marginal steam-oil-ratio (mSOR) is introduced as a method of guiding steam allocation decisions. Marginal SOR is defined as the cold-water equivalent volume of steam required to produce the next marginal barrel of bitumen from the production system in a steam constrained environment. The metric represents the opportunity cost of deploying a barrel of steam to the next best alternative in steam allocation decisions. Dynamic quantification of mSOR over the plausible range of operating pressures for each producing entity (PRDE) in the inventory (such as a well group or drainage area) is critical to optimally allocating steam when faced with reservoir challenges such as reservoir complexity and heterogeneity and transient reservoir behaviors such as thief zone interaction.
This paper prescribes methodologies to analytically and empirically quantify mSOR for a SAGD production system. Additionally, application of the concept if field production optimization is discussed under the context of integrated production modeling and constrained flow network optimization problems. A case example of applying mSOR to guide steam allocation decisions at ConocoPhillips' Surmont SAGD asset is presented under a steam constrained environment. The mSOR guided solution is validated using brute-force enumeration of steam allocation outcomes in the production system to prove production optimality. The results from this dynamic steam allocation strategy guided by mSOR characterization show significant improvements in field oil rates, field steam management efficiency and consequently the economic value of the SAGD asset.