Abstract

Infill development typically strives to improve resource recovery while maximizing economic objectives of the organization. Success is dependent on many variables, several of which include well spacing, completion design, and mechanical stratigraphy. Optimizing development is contingent upon understanding how these variables interact with one another and what combination of development strategies will maximize the company objective. One of the challenges with optimizing horizontal multi-frac wells has been quantifying well to well connectivity, understanding the appropriate amount, and how various development strategies impact that relationship. This paper will present a case for development optimization by integrating the results of multiple quantitative pressure interference tests with completion design and well spacing in the STACK play. The framework for quantifying the connectivity between wells was developed by Chu et al (2018) and is often referred to as Chow Pressure Group (CPG). Using this technique, the Magnitude of Pressure Interference (MPI) was quantified between 25 horizontal wells within 10 development units. The dataset is unique because the infill units were developed with varying completions and well spacings which provides an opportunity to isolate and understand how each variable directly impacts well to well connectivity. This study also addresses the desired amount of connectivity between horizontal wells and how it impacts well performance and recovery.

The results from this case study suggest there is a clear relationship between well spacing and MPI, consistent with the findings by Chu et al (2018). Ultimate recovery was investigated and found to have a correlation with the amount of connectivity between development wells. Additionally, at consistent well spacing, higher proppant volume per cluster increased MPI and Estimated Ultimate Recovery (EUR) per well. Increasing proppant per cluster is likely extending the conductive half-length, increasing fracture overlap and MPI, and reducing bypassed resource beyond the tips of the fractures, resulting in higher EUR and Drilling Spacing Unit (DSU) recovery.

This case study provides asset teams with valuable relationships between reservoir, completions, geologic characteristics and how they tie to well performance in the Anadarko Basin. These relationships are expected to be different in every basin/formation, however, it highlights the power of quantitative interference tests in optimizing infill development and understanding the appropriate amount of well to well connectivity. This work also lays out a practical example regarding the dependent nature of completions and reservoir well spacing which can serve as a workflow for asset teams working unconventional plays across the world.

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