Abstract

This paper will cover both caprock integrity and reservoir deformation, drawing from our years of experience in working with the heavy oil/oilsands industry in Alberta, Canada. Theoretical principles are described, analytical derivations made and field examples given, all to help illustrate the fundamentals and summarize the learnings in proactive utilization of geomechanics to enhance the reservoir performance and proactive consideration of geomechanics to ensure the caprock integrity. Topics include dilation tendency and fracturing behaviour in the oilsands, major geomechanical work components for the caprock integrity analysis/design, mini-frac tests and nonlinear coupled thermo-hydro-mechanical processes.

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