The Changbei basin centred gas reservoir is located in the Palaeozoic clastic sandstone of the Shaanxi formation, Ordos basin, P.R. China. After more than a decade of successful tight gas production history, the development of the field is being expanded to include new target reservoirs. Because of its low intrinsic permeability, hydraulic fracturing stimulations are required to achieve commercial production rates from the target formation.

Fracture diagnostics suggests high fluid efficiencies in a normally faulted stress regime. Recent monitoring data of hydraulic fracturing stimulations during an appraisal campaign indicate fracture height growth containment which is not readily predicted by the current numerical simulators. Non-radioactively traced proppant and post-injection temperature logs suggest that fracture height may be controlled by a combination of stress barriers and shale laminations. However, the current numerical simulators tend to have difficulty predicting the termination of height growth without calibration to post-job data.

A new hydraulic fracturing code currently under development has been used to simulate the fracture treatments in the target formations. This study briefly describes the input data workflow for the new software and highlights the underlying models the simulations are based upon. The discrepancies between the model results are discussed and possible explanations put forward. The study concludes that the new code is a useful addition to the existing software, and that the thermodynamic module enables genuine comparisons with the temperature logs, which in this case are important for investigating the fracture development. The code also gives promisingly accurate pressure evolutions during the treatment when compared to measurements from a well equipped with a downhole gauge.

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