Assessment of Production Interference Level Due to Fracture Hits Using Diagnostic Charts
- Xi Yang (Texas A&M University) | Wei Yu (Texas A&M University) | Kan Wu (Texas A&M University) | Ruud Weijermars (Texas A&M University)
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- March 2020
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- 2020.Society of Petroleum Engineers
- well production interference, analytical model, hydraulic fracture, fracture hit
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The objective of this study is to develop a new method that leads to diagnostic charts that quantify the pressure response between two interfering wells. Analytical linear flow models for single hydraulic fracture are used to develop a fracture hit model, which is next verified with a numerical model for validity. An analytical two-fracture model is then developed to simulate flowing bottomhole pressure (BHP) of a shut-in well, which interferes with the other well through a fracture hit, during well-testing for a short-term period. From the insight of two-fracture analytical model, a dimensionless pressure scalar, which is proportional to square root of time, is proposed to summarize the interference level between two wells. Utilizing such proportionality between the defined dimensionless pressure scalar and square root of time, a diagnostic chart for quick assessment of the production interference level between wells is developed. Such diagnostic chart is also applied to interference caused by multifracture hits that a multistage fractured horizontal well with history match performed from the Eagle Ford formation is considered as a parent well for production interference quantification. A new identical horizontal well, which is just fractured but is not in production, is assumed parallel to the pre-existing well. The result shows that when the percentage of fracture connection increases, the slope of dimensionless pressure scalar vs. square root of time increases proportionally to the percentage of fracture connection. Because the slope of dimensionless pressure scalar vs. square root of time is between 0 and 1, it can be used to quantify the well production interference level under different situations.
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