Session Managers: Ernie Gomez and Donna Venable
This reservoir characterization session will discuss which production drivers are important in these challenging reservoirs and how to improve inter disciplinary integration to address measurement of the important parameters. It will address current technologies/measurements that contribute to successful characterization as well as those that do not contribute.
Session Managers: Jim Gilman and Doug Peck
The second reservoir characterization session will examine specific production drivers including pores/matrix, stress/fractures, mechanical rock properties, and fluid distribution/wettability.
The goals of this second session are
Session Managers: Valerie Jochen and Erdal Ozkan
Recovery from tight carbonate reservoirs is impacted by a variety of heterogeneities, such as fractures, nano, micro, and inter-aggregate pores, and the conglomerations of organic matter. Although conventional wisdom emphasizes production from mostly fractures, observed recoveries in the field imply access not only to the fractures but also to the tight, nanoporous matrix. Therefore, establishing recovery fundamentals and maximizing production from these reservoirs call for a multi-scale understanding of dynamics of fluid flow coupled with phase behavior starting from the fundamental nanopore level.
Some fundamental issues to be explored are the potential mechanisms of flow and transport in nanopores, fluid phase behavior in extreme confinement, effect of surface forces, membrane characteristics of nanoporous carbonates, etc.
Session Managers: Jairam Kamath and Mukul Sharma
Much of the success in commercializing tight reservoirs has come from increasing primary production rates using drilling and stimulation technologies. What will it take to make increasing recovery profitable?
This session will explore the future of heat, chemicals, nanotechnology, and innovative schemes such as combined cyclic, flooding, and designer wells to improve recovery.
Session Managers: Craig Cipolla and Rick Dean
This session will discuss current and future techniques for accessing the reservoir, estimating the extent of the volume accessed, and maintaining access during production. The following questions ill be explored:
Session Managers: Hilko de Jong and Mariano Gurfinkel
This session will cover the estimation and monitoring of production from stimulated tight carbonates. Well interference during production and opportunities for infill drilling as a key driver for value will be the focus as well as production monitoring through diverse techniques (production logs, tracers/nanoparticles, 4-D Microseismic, observation wells, cross well tomography). Finally, the session will also touch on opportunities for enhanced recovery as they may apply to tight carbonates.
Session Managers: Tom Blasingame and Olivier Houze
In this session we explore the analytical, numerical, and empirical methods to extrapolate production for tight carbonate reservoirs. Our focus is two-fold—to establish industry needs for the next 10–15 years and to assess current and emerging tools as mechanisms for establishing production forecasts.
Discussion leaders are anticipated to be subject matter experts and industry practitioners who will have broad experience in production forecasting and reserves estimation. Discussion leaders are will provide orientation via case histories and technical developments and provide "challenges" and "stress points" in the forecasting/reserves estimation processes.
Session Managers: Cameron Rempel and Jairam Kamath
This session will highlight methodologies for predicting the response from improved recovery processes, and will build on Sessions IV and VII which deal with improved recovery processes and production forecasting. We will explore the following questions:
Session Managers: Omer Gurpinar and Nick Fetta
The week of discussions about key aspects of the proposed challenge will be reviewed with their interdependencies as well as the priorities. The final session is expected to lead to clarifying possibilities for improving the performance of the tight carbonate fields.