Abstract

Shale gas reservoirs have become a significant source of gas supply in North America owing to the advancement of drilling and stimulation techniques. Long horizontal wells completed with multiple-fracturing stages (MFHW) are the most popular method for exploiting shale gas reservoirs today and therefore, development of analysis methods for analyzing production data from these wells has gained tremendous attention in the last decade. The analysis methods developed so far are aimed to obtain understanding of fracture length, fracture conductivity, stimulated reservoir volume (SRV), contacted gas-in-place and other information for a MFHW being analyzed. Although single well analysis methods are of tremendous value, the industry also needs analysis methods for analyzing a group of MFHWs. In this paper, analysis methods developed for single well analysis of MFHWs are extended to analyze a group of MFHWs. These analysis methods are proved to be very useful for cases that adjacent wells are in communication (ex. fracturing one well affected the production of the adjacent wells). It is shown how these methods help engineers to diagnose and characterize the communication between MFHWs and use the results to optimize the size of frac job and spacing between horizontal wells in tight/shale gas plays.

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