Analyzing the Well-Interference Phenomenon in the Eagle Ford Shale/Austin Chalk Production System With a Comprehensive Compositional Reservoir Model
- Hewei Tang (Texas A&M University) | Bicheng Yan (Texas A&M University (now with Sanchez Oil and Gas)) | Zhi Chai (Texas A&M University) | Lihua Zuo (Texas A&M University) | John Killough (Texas A&M University) | Zhuang Sun (University of Texas at Austin)
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- Society of Petroleum Engineers
- SPE Reservoir Evaluation & Engineering
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- August 2019
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- Journal Paper
- 827 - 841
- 2019.Society of Petroleum Engineers
- multi-segment well model, embedded discrete fracture model, nanopore confinement effect, compositional reservoir model, well interference
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Well interference is a common phenomenon in unconventional-reservoir development. The completion and production of infill wells can lead to either positive or negative well-interference impacts on the existing producers. Many researchers have investigated the well-interference phenomenon; however, few of them attempted to apply rigorous simulation methods to analyze both positive and negative well-interference effects, especially in two different formations. In this work, we develop a comprehensive compositional reservoir model to study the well-interference phenomena in the Eagle Ford Shale/Austin Chalk production system. The reservoir model considers capillary pressure in the vapor/liquid-equilibrium (VLE) equation (nanopore-confinement effect), and applies the embedded discrete-fracture model (EDFM) for dynamic fracture modeling. We also include a multisegment-well model to characterize the wellbore-crossflow effect introduced by fracture hits. The simulation results indicate that negative well-interference impact is much more common in the production system. With a smaller permeability difference, the hydraulic-fracturing effect can lead to a positive well-interference period of several hundred days. The nanopore-confinement effect in the Eagle Ford Shale can contribute to the negative well-interference effect. We also analyze the impact of other factors such as initial reservoir pressure, matrix porosity, initial water saturation, and the natural-fracture system on the well performance. Our work provides valuable insights into dynamic well performance under the impact of well interference.
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