The deliverables for Phase 1 would include optimized decision tree recommendations for stimulation procedures under various geologic scenarios. They will be based on specific case studies that are evaluated and placed in the context of the range of major geologic controls, and stress regimes. We will develop a summary of the implications of the simulation programs, indicating potential operational insights that relate to well locations, drilling activities (if possible), and stimulation programs (where possible). The development of this interactive decision tree will contain guidelines and range of treatment conditions. It is meant to allow an intelligent first pass design to be combined with secondary options based on early results from pilot drilling. Participant guidance will be essential to outline deliverables.
Currently, the ability to estimate OGIP or OOIP often exceeds the ability to economically stimulate and extract this resource. This applies to many tight as well as ultra-low permeability formations, i.e. sands or shales. Improved simulation of hydraulic stimulation, amalgamating geologic texture with controllable engineering parameters could be of value.
Recognizing these advances, the goals of this proposed work program are to:
Participant guidance and oversight will add a great deal to the results of this project. This is research-oriented and is estimated to bear fruit in eighteen months. In addition to Sponsor update meetings and/or data downloads as needed, Sponsors will receive a written Final Project Report after Project completion.
Potential Work Program (Phase 2)
Longer term goals are to continue with more detailed simulations, increasing the complexity of the geologic network and the complexity of the coupling and reservoir simulations. Additional scope of work and deliverables would be identified and recommended as Phase 1 proceeds.