This paper describes the application of a practical technique to determine infill potential when faced with little time, large data sets, and complex geology. Using this technique, we determined where newer wells are encountering potentially depleted reservoir and the infill potential for the Milk River formation within a 900-well, 200,000-acre area in the Western Canada Sedimentary Basin. We obtained these results in a minimal amount of time and used only monthly production and wellbore location data. We validated our technique by "history matching" the production performance of recently drilled wells. We correlated well quality with historical well densities in order to predict the infill well potential from 160-acre spacing to an 80-acre well spacing. We estimated ultimate recoveries for all existing wells and infill candidates and show their reserve distributions. We identified 896 infill candidates with 8.9 × 109 m3 of gas reserves. The results of this study are presented in this paper using tables, graphs, and maps.

The results of a study applying this analysis technique can be used when budgeting and planning near-and long-term drilling programs. The analysis techniques described in this paper could be applied by operators in other areas and reservoirs to evaluate their own acreage position or infill drilling potential.

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