Abstract

The Viking formation in Western Saskatchewan and East to Central Alberta is comprised of many different oil pools. These plays have seen resurgence in activity over the last 6 years as a result of the horizontal multi-stage fracturing revolution. A wide variety of fracturing technologies have been applied, encompassing open versus cased hole, variable proppant tonnage per stage and fracture spacing along the wellbore. How does the average company make meaningful decisions as to how to stimulate their wells? There is a need to make sense of the production response of the wells given reservoir quality differences, primarily permeability variation, and the variety of fracturing technologies being applied. The paper will develop a workflow which integrates publically available production data to first identify a production rate metric. This metric can be used for production forecasting and as a basis to compare area and pool production performance. Combining this information with well ownership leads to a preliminary assessment of whether production success is due solely to the reservoir, or the drilling and completion strategy applied.

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