Released seismic energy related to active fault zones within petroleum reservoirs can affect infrastructure and assets on the surface, the environment and potentially personal safety. It also can affect the ability to optimally stimulate and produce from a reservoir. In the case of fractured reservoirs, enhanced oil recovery (EOR) injection and production activities lead to local stress changes and consequently to activation of pre-existing faults and fractures. In this paper we propose a technique to monitor an active fault zone, analyze the dynamic stress behavior and use it as a potential methodology for optimization of EOR activities and to reduce the risk of large seismic event occurrences.
Presentation Date: Wednesday, October 17, 2018
Start Time: 1:50:00 PM
Location: 208A (Anaheim Convention Center)
Presentation Type: Oral