This paper presents a multi-disciplinary workflow for analyzing interwell hydraulic fracturing pressure interactions on multi-well horizontal pads in unconventional reservoirs. Over twenty wells in multiple fields with varied spacing across multiple landed zones are evaluated. The workflow provides a method for determining the degree of connectivity between the wells to assess the extent and complexity of the stimulated network. The analysis method provides a cost efficient, timely means of understanding the stimulated network in order to impact decisions regarding well spacing, injection rate, perforation design and frac order.
Prescriptive completions programs enable observation of pressure interactions between wells during multi-stage hydraulic fracturing. Wellhead pressures are continuously recorded during all completion and flowback operations. In the observation pads studied, wells experience varying degrees of pressure communication across the fracture network. Pressure hits are grouped by according to identifying characteristics and correlated to microseismic data where available.
Characterization of the stimulation network gained from analysis of pressure interactions closely aligns with available high resolution microseismic data. Networks are shown to have significant vertical and lateral growth establishing a highly complex network. Additional insights on the degree of connectivity and the definition of effective fracture network are gained. Results are fundamental to understanding well spacing and zonal placement.