» Provide sound injection strategies for enhanced oil recovery in shales based on phase behavior and flow capacities.
» Provide optimized injection – production well configurations for field application.
» Developing new constitutive transport laws for shales by performing flow through experiments on Rock on Chip at nano-scale
» Understanding the effect of wettability by tailoring the wettability of Rock on Chip
» Understanding the effect of channel shape and dimensions on relative permeability
» Understanding the effect of confinement on PVT properties of hydrocarbon fluids
» Conceptual models of depositional patterns, architecture, and regional to nano-scale qualitative and quantitative characterization approaches and heterogenous features of extent, thickness, geomorphology, stratigraphic occurrence, lithofacies, facies architecture, geochemistry, mineralogy, structure, natural fractures, porosity, permeability, pores and pore structure, pressure, rock mechanical properties, and other properties of representative fine-grained tight to shale reservoirs.
» Thorough understanding of the relationship between geologic variables and their heterogeneity, reservoir quality, hydrocarbon accumulation and production of unconventional plays.
» Predictable models of heterogeneity to help companies understand the guidelines of exploration and production for marine, transitional, and lacustrine settings in different tectonic settings in the U.S., Canada, Argentina, and China at multiple scales.
» Access to an atlas of typical fine-grained reservoirs and interdisciplinary database.
» Provide insight to multiphase flow behavior in hydraulically fractured reservoirs using analytical and numerical tools.
» Develop diagnosis tools to help determine the impact of reservoir rock, fluid, completion, and operational practices on liquid recovery.
» Apply acquired knowledge to increase liquid recovery through optimization of completion practices such as fracture and well spacing.
» ArcGIS database of source rocks across Gondwana’s Continents and Margins (South America, African, Arabian Peninsula, India and Australia) including basinal, stratigraphic, sedimentological, and geochemical attributes (e.g. TOC, Ro, kerogen type, pyrolysis, HC type, etc.) compiled from EGI’s proprietary data archive, DSDP-ODP sites as well as from other technical publications.
» ArcGIS maps highlighting distribution of source rocks in space and through geologic history.
» Structural regimes & effective stimulation
» Stress contrast influence
» Simulations & diagnostics
» Minimizing water requirements for hydraulic stimulation
» Impact of stimulation strategies & optimum fracturing parameters
» Characterizing fracture & leakoff mechanisms
» Fundamental understanding of resource play dynamics from a source rock centric standpoint
» Robust play fairway predictions for liquid and gas rich shale systems
» Applicability in play entry decisions as well as in cost savings through target high grading
» Practical applications for conventional & unconventional plays
» Depositional & geochemical characterization
» World basin classification based on source rocks
» A quick assessment tool for analysis of conventional as well as self-sourced reservoir plays
» Reduced the risk of charge factor and hydrocarbon generation
» Evaluating the geologic conditions favorable for the generation of oil and gas on a basinal scale
» Geological integration – controls on imbibition
» Fracturing logistics & fracture spacing
» Operational parameters
» Multiple measurement & correlation methods of the porosity with characterization at the nanoscale
» Comparison of GRI permeability (crushed rock) with permeability measured in a core at reservoir
» Saturation pressure measurements in nano porous rocks conditions
» Water-oil & gas-oil relative permeability measurements
» Improved understanding of the major factors that control well performance
» Assessment of the optimal production strategy to maximize either gas production or condensate production
» Prediction of future production characteristics
» Assessment of recovery factors and drainage area for multi-fractured horizontal well completions
» Determination of thermal histories of different transform margins
» Determination of how the rapid local pull-apart thinning influences such thermal history
» Determination of mechanisms and factors controlling the source rock maturation history with an attempt to develop a predictive tool