The stimulated reservoir volume (SRV) estimated from daily production rate and pressure is a vital parameter for appraising shale gas wells’ fracturing effect and production potential. However, when well interference occurs, the SRV estimation from rate-normalized pressure (RNP) analysis is compromised. This paper illustrates diagnosis of well interference and how it affects SRV calculation.

China is the third country to exploit the shale gas technology breakthrough after the United States and Canada. The Jiaoshiba shale gas play is the most successful shale gas reservoir in China with some wells’ cumulative production over 0.1 billion cubic meters in the first year. Production rate data has shown jumps in water production during hydraulic fracturing of neighboring wells. By combination of hydraulic fracturing process and production data, we detect the existence of well interference from the adjacent well, when well interference happens and the influence it imposed on the target well. We analyzed two pairs of target and neighboring shale gas well pairs using the RNP and its derivative. The log-log diagnostic plots for nearly all of the wells see unit slope, indicating boundary dominated flow within 1 year. Some wells see two unit slopes possibly indicating a change in the SRV after hydraulic fracturing in a neighboring well.

Well interference may be caused by interaction between primary hydraulic fractures and/or secondary natural fractures activated during hydraulic fracturing. Interwell interference has had a significant influence on the SRV interpretation.

Well interference has drawn people's attention in recent years, but its impact on SRV interpretation is rarely reported. This research may help to characterize shale gas's SRV and related parameters and to optimize well spacing.

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