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Abstract Characterization of hydraulic fracture system in multi-fractured horizontal wells (MFHW) is one of the key steps in well spacing optimization of tight and shale reservoirs. Different methods have been proposed in the industry including core-through, micro-seismic, off-set pressure data monitoring during hydraulic fracturing, pressure depletion mapping, rate-transient analysis, pressure-transient analysis, and pressure interference test. Pressure interference test for a production and monitoring well pair includes flowing the production well at a stable rate while keeping the monitoring well shut-in and recording its pressure. In this study, the coupled flow of gas in hydraulic fractures and matrix systems during pressure interference test is modeled using an analytical method. The model is based on Laplace transform combined with pseudo-pressure and pseudo-time. The model is validated against numerical simulation to make sure the inter-well communication test is reasonably represented. Two key parameters were introduced and calculated with time using the analytical model including pressure drawdown ratio and pressure decline ratio. The model is applied to two field cases from Montney formation. In this case, two wells in the gas condensate region of Montney were selected for a pressure interference test. The monitoring well was equipped with downhole gauges. As the producing well was opened for production, the bottom-hole pressure of the monitoring well started declining at much lower rate than the production well. The pressure decline rate in the monitoring well eventually approached that of the producing well after days of production. This whole process was modeled using the analytical model of this study by adjusting the conductivity of the communicating fractures between the well pairs. This study provides a practical analytical tool for quantitative analysis of the interference test in MFHWs. This model can be integrated with other tools for improved characterization of hydraulic fracture systems in tight and shale reservoirs.
Abstract Well spacing and completion optimization in tight and shale reservoirs is a multi-dimensional task which comprise reservoir rock and fluid characterization, well performance study, inter-well communication analysis, and economic evaluation. Two sources of pressure data for characterization of inter-well communication include offset well pressure monitoring during hydraulic fracturing and controlled communication (interference) tests through staggered production. Both types of inter-well communication tests have become common among the operators in tight and shale reservoirs. However, quantitative analysis tools for interpretation of the test results are in their infancy. The focus of this study is quantitative analysis of pressure interference tests. In this study, an analytical model is developed for quantitative analysis of communication between multi-fractured horizontal wells (MFHWs) using pressure data from production and monitoring well pairs. The governing partial differential equation for the more general case of coupled flow in hydraulic fracture and matrix systems is solved using the Laplace transform. In order to validate the analytical model, the results from the analytical solution are compared against numerical simulation models. The analytical model of this study is applied to two field case from Montney formation. In these cases, a well from a multi-well pad is put on production and bottom-hole pressure of a monitoring well from the same pad is recorded using down-hole recorders. Communications between the wells is quantified using the analytical models of this study. The model of this study serves as a novel and practical tool for quantitative analysis and interpretation of inter-well communication in MFHWs. Integration of the model with other direct diagnostic and measurement tools can provide insight into optimized completion intensity for MFHWs.