Abstract

Changning National Shale Gas Demonstration Area was established in 2012. Field Development of its Ning201 shale gas fields was geared up in 2014. By 2015, Changning area accomplished the construction of 15×108 m3/a production capacity. During early appraisal phase before 2014, average testing results of wells were 10~15×104 m3/d. In the end of 2016 and early 2017, average testing results of large numbers of wells across multiple pads achieved over 25×104 m3/d. Overall testing results of some pads have exceeded 180×104 m3/d per pad, and some of them may exceed 180×104 m3/d per pad in soon future. Through implementing geo-engineering integration, efficiency and effectiveness of field development have been steadily enhanced. This paper reviews our practices to establish and rapidly evolve the learning curve in this national demonstration area through geoengineering integration. Benefiting from geo-engineering integrated study, development options were systematically, proactively and effectively supported throughout the process of field development. Per the evolving understanding of reservoir and engineering challenges, adaptive technology and engineering solutions were exploited and optimized. A new geo-engineering model has been proposed which covers engineering applications of drilling, completion, production and development. Based on our gathered knowledge and experience, key contributing factors for marine shale gas development in Sichuan basin were thoroughly studied and summarized. They may include controlling factors of productivity, optimum production scheme, optimized well spacing, and so on. This paper also points out key areas for further improvement and enhancement in future.

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