The communication among the horizontal wells or "frac-hits" issue have been reported in several field observations. These observations show that the "infill" well fractures could have a tendency to propagate towards the "parent" well depending on reservoir in-situ conditions and operational parameters. Drilling the horizontal wells in a "staggered" layout with both horizontal and vertical offset could be a mitigation strategy to prevent the "frac-hits" issue. In this study, we present a detailed geomechanical modeling and analysis of the proposed solution. For numerical modeling, we used our state-of-the-art fully coupled poroelastic model "GeoFrac-3D" which is based on the boundary element method for the rock matrix deformation/fracture propagation and the finite element method for the fracture fluid flow. The "GeoFrac-3D" simulator fully couples pore pressure to stresses and allows for dynamic modeling of production/injection and fracture propagation. The simulation results demonstrate that production from a "parent’ well causes a non-uniform reduction of the reservoir pore pressure around the production fractures, resulting in an anisotropic decrease of the reservoir total stresses, which could affect fracture propagation from the "infill" wells. We examine the optimal orientation and position of the "infill" well based on the numerical analysis to reduce the "frac-hits" issue in the horizontal well refracturing. The posibility of "frac-hits" can be reduced by optimizing the direction and locations of the "infill" wells, as well as re-pressurizing the "parent" well. The results suggest that arranging the horizontal wells in a "staggered" or "wine rack" arrangement decreases direct well interference and could increase the drainage volume.

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