Abstract

Currently, many horizontal wells are being drilled in Dadas shales of Turkey. Dadas shales have both oil (mostly) and gas potentials. Thus, hydraulic fracturing operations are being held to mobilize hydrocarbons. Up to 1000 m length horizontal wells are drilled for this purpose. However, there is not any study analyzing wellbore stability and reservoir geomechanics in the conditions of Dadas shales. In this study, the directions of horizontal wells, wellbore stability and reservoir geomechanics of Dadas shales were designed by using well log data. In this study, the python code developed by using Kirsch equations was developed. With this python code, it is possible to estimate unconfined compressive strength in along wellbore at different deviations. By analyzing caliper log, density and porosity logs of Dadas shales, vertical stress of Dadas shales was estimated and stress polygon for these shale was prepared in this study. Then, optimum direction of horizontal well was suggested to avoid any wellbore stability problems. According to the results of this study, high stresses are seen in horizontal directions. In this study, it was found that the maximum horizontal stress in almost the direction of North-South. The results of this study revealed that direction of maximum horizontal stress and horizontal well direction fluid affect the wellbore stability significantly. Thus, in this study, better horizontal well design was made for Dadas shales. Currently, Dadas shales are popular in Turkey because of its oil and gas potential so horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing operations are being held. However, in literature, there is no study about horizontal wellbore designs for Dadas shales. This study will be novel and provide information about the horizontal drilling design of Dadas shales.

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