The performance of multiple hydraulic fracturing treatments along a 2000-foot horizontal well bore was completed in a gas bearing, naturally-fractured shale gas reservoir in Wayne County, West Virginia. Pre-frac flow and pressure data, hydraulic fracturing treatments, and post-stimulation flow and pressure data form the basis from which a comprehensive analysis was performed. Average field production from 72 wells was used as baseline data for the analysis. Such data was used to show the significance of enhanced production from a horizontal well in a field that was partially depleted.
The post-frac stabilized flow rate was 95,000 cubic feet per day (mcf/d) from 2000 feet of horizontal borehole. Under current reservoir pressure conditions, the horizontal well produced at a rate 7 times greater than the field current average of 13 mcfd for stimulated vertical wells. This increase in gas production suggests that horizontal wells, in strategically placed locations within partially depleted fields, could significantly increase reserves.