Abstract

Over a thousand well pairs in five different fields in Western Canada have been examined using communication analysis techniques. The results of this analysis strongly suggest that in addition to conventional Darcy type flow through the matrix rock, there is also strong communication between wells through induced fractures, and/or natural fractures.

Most of these five fields are not typically thought of as naturally fractured. Nonetheless this type of fracture flow exists. It is highly likely that these hot streaks are pressure sensitive and therefore have a geo-mechanical component that controls permeability. The geo-mechanical component means that permeability can vary with time and injection pressure. This work on the Western Canadian Sedimentary Basin (WCSB) is similar to work done by Heffer in the North Sea.

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