Tight oil production is emerging as an important new source of energy supply and has reversed a decline in U.S. crude oil production and Western Canadian light oil production. At present, combination of the multistage hydraulic fracturing and horizontal wells has become a widely used technology in stimulating tight oil reservoirs. However, the ideal planar fractures used in the reservoir simulation are excessively simplified. Effects of some key fracture properties, such as facture geometry distributions and permeability change, are usually not taken into consideration during the simulation. Over simplified fractures in the reservoir model may fail to represent the complex fractures in reality, leading to significant errors in forecasting the reservoir performance. In this paper, we examined the different fracture geometry distributions and further discussed the effects of geometry distribution on well productions. All fracture geometry scenarios are confined by the microseismic mapping data. To make the result more reliable and relevant, a geo-model was first constructed for a tight oil block in Willesden Green oil field, AB, Canada. The simulation model was then generated based on the geo-model and history-matched. A horizontal well was drilled in the simulation model and different fracture geometry scenarios were analyzed. Results indicate that the simulation results of simple planar fractures overestimate the oil rate and lead to relatively higher oil recoveries. In addition, the effect of hydraulic fracture geometries under the higher fracture conductivity is more significant compared to those under lower fracture conductivity.

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