Factors Affecting Production Behavior in Tight Gas Reservoirs

Khan, Waqar Ali (Schlumberger) | Rehman, Shah Abdur (Schlumberger) | Akram, Agha Hasan (Schlumberger) | Ahmad, Ammar (Schlumberger)


Tight Gas Reservoirs (TGR) are one of the primary types of unconventional reservoirs to be exploited in the search for longlasting resources.TGR's are difficult to produce for a number of reasons. Due to their low productivity a thorough understanding is needed regarding the factors that affect gas production rate over the life of these reservoirs.


This paper is focused on analyzing the effects of drainage area, gas rate, fracture conductivity, porosity, and reservoir permeability on production performance. In particular, the impact of permeability, from ultra tight (0.0004 md) to tight (0.1 md) reservoirs, on drainage area and reserves is analyzed in detail.


A semi-analytical simulator is used in this study. A conceptual case study was performed comparing a hydraulically fractured vertical well with a multiple-fracture horizontal well in same reservoir. Fracture conductivity is estimated by using StimLAB proppant consortium correlations for different flow rates, which takes into account non-Darcy pressure drops and other factors.


The results of this work conclude that in ultra tight reservoirs, the drainage area is significantly reduced. Only the near fracture rock is drained, and a high density of wells and fractures is needed. This behavior changes with increase in reservoir permeability. In ultra-tight reservoirs, horizontal wells with multiple fracs may be the only viable option for commercial production. A general workflow is also described as to how forecasting in such reservoirs can be made more accurate.