SPE Canada Unconventional Resources Conference 13 - 14 Mar 2018 Calgary Telus Convention Center Calgary, Alberta, Canada


Monday, March 12

08:00 - 17:00
08:00 - 17:00
Re-fracturing Fundamentals: Level 2 (An Advanced Version)
Instructor(s) Tim Leshchyshyn


Tim Leshchyshyn


Refrac Level 2: Case Studies and Application Advancement

  • Review of field case studies and their production/economic success
    • Incremental produced total volume versus accelerated production
  • Advancements in applying refrac design and their execution
    • New technology
    • Results

Learnings from industry will include:

  • Re-pressurizing for a refrac
  • Treating the whole well versus treating the well in segments
  • Diagnostic results from refrac
  • Choices and experiences with different diverters

Tuesday, March 13

13:30 - 17:00
01  UR - Unconventional EOR/IOR & EGR
Session Chairpersons Vijay Kumar Shrivastava - Computer Modelling Group Ltd., Lee Grant - Birchcliff Energy
This session will explore novel research and application of Enhanced Oil and Gas Recovery Techniques in the context of unconventional reservoirs. The new techniques include use of surfactants in fracturing fluid, CO2-EOR in unconventional liquid rich reservoirs and investigation of EOR by injection of N2 and CO2 in tight reservoirs. A comprehensive study on viability of different EOR processes in Bakken and an interesting comparison of oil recovery from conventional versus unconventional reservoirs will be presented. The session will also highlight results obtained from dual permeability matrix-fracture core floods for enhanced recovery from tight oil reservoirs as also an insight into the Huff-n-Puff EOR processes in unconventional oil reservoirs.
Time Paper # Presentation
1330-1400 189829 Enhancing Oil Recovery by Adding Surfactants in Fracturing Water: A Montney Case Study H. Yarveicy, H. Dehghanpour, University of Alberta; J.M. Wood, Encana Corporation
1400-1430 189779 Viability of EOR Processes in the Bakken Under Geological and Economic Uncertainty K. Joslin, A.M. Abraham, T. Thaker, V. Pathak, A. Kumar, Computer Modelling Group Ltd.
1430-1500 189785 Mechanistic Study for CO2-EOR in Unconventional Liquids Rich Reservoirs D.K. Alfarge, Missouri University of Scinece &Tech; M. Wei, B. Bai, Missouri University of Science & Tech
1530-1600 189784 Can Oil Recovery From Shales Be Larger Than Oil Recovery From Conventional Reservoirs? The Answer Is Yes! A.R. Fragoso Amaya, University of Calgary; K. Selvan, Nexen Inc.; R. Aguilera, University of Calgary
1600-1630 189805 Dual-Permeability Matrix-Fracture Corefloods for Studying Gas Flooding for Tight Oil Reservoirs P. Luo, S. Li, K.D. Knorr, P.P. Nakutnyy, Saskatchewan Research Council
1630-1700 189788 Enhanced Recovery by Injection of N2 and CO2 Mixtures in Tight Reservoirs: A Combination of Partial Pressure Reduction and Competitive Adsorption C. Santiago, A. Kantzas, University of Calgary
Alternate 189816 Huff-n-Puff Gas Injection Pilot Projects in the Eagle Ford B. Hoffman, Montana Tech of The University of Montana
Alternate 189804 Reservoir Description & Dynamics Investigation of Gas Penetration Depth During Gas Huff-n-Puff EOR Process in Unconventional Oil Reservoirs L. Li, Y. Su, China University of Petroleum (East China); J. Sheng, Texas Tech University
13:30 - 17:00
02  UR- Reservoir Characterization & Modeling
Session Chairpersons Dylan Lougheed - IHS Inc, Claudio Juan Jose Virues - Consultant
Despite over a decade of intensive unconventional resource exploitation, many subsurface mysteries remain unsolved. In this session, DFITs, production data, core tests, well tests, and seismic information are incorporated into novel analysis and modelling approaches to reveal new insight on reservoir behavior.
Time Paper # Presentation
1330-1400 189826 DFIT Analysis in Low Leakoff Formations: A Duvernay Case Study B. Zanganeh, M. MacKay, C.R. Clarkson, University of Calgary; J.R. Jones, NSI Fracturing LLC
1400-1430 189807 Characterization of Fluid Transport and Rock Mechanical Properties of the Montney Formation from Drill Cuttings A. Ghanizadeh, B. Rashidi, C.R. Clarkson, N. Sidhu, J.J. Hobbs, University of Calgary; S. Hazell, R.M. Bustin, University of British Columbia
1430-1500 189814 Pressure-Transient Behavior of a Horizontal Well with a Finite-Conductivity Fracture within a Fractal Reservoir A.R. Valdes Perez, T.A. Blasingame, Texas A&M University; L. Larsen, Kappa Engineering
1530-1600 189795 3D Geomechanical Modeling in the Complex Fracture Network of the Horn River Shale: Permeability Evolution and Depletion E. Urban Rascon, R. Aguilera, University of Calgary; C.J. Virues, Nexen Energy ULC
1600-1630 189800 A Laboratory Study of CO2 Interactions Within Shale and Tight Sand Cores - Bakken, Duvernay, Montney and Wolfcamp Formations M.M. Reynolds, D. Britten, Ferus Corporation; A. Cui, Trican Geological Solutions Ltd; C. Twemlow, M. Cook, Trican Geological Solutions Ltd.
1630-1700 189821 Seismic Assisted Fully Coupled Geomechanical Model for Completion Optimization S. Sinha, University of Oklahoma
Alternate 189794 An Analytical Model Explanation for Recovering Oil from Organic Nanopores of Shales S. Yang, SINOPEC Petroleum Exploration and Production Research Institute
Alternate 189801 Pressure Depletion's Impact on Induced Strain duringHydraulic Fracturing in Child Wells: the key to Mitigate Fracture Hits andPressure Interference S.J. Silva, FracGeo LLC; S.U. Oza, FracGeo LLC.; K.K. Venepalli, Computer Modelling Group Ltd.; A. Ouenes, FracGeo LLC
13:30 - 17:00
03  UR - Slowback, Flowback, Drawdown Management/Optimized Hydraulic Fracturing Systems and Equipment
Session Chairpersons David James Quirk - Trican Well Service Ltd., Juliana Yuk Wing Leung - University of Alberta
This session offers a diverse set of cutting edge topics for delegates interested in hydraulic fracturing and post frac flowback management. Topics that will be presented include the advances in frac fluid chemistry to enhance oil recovery, novel interpretation techniques for flowback data, drawdown management to enhance production, engineered diversion strategies, and understanding how unique formation mechanical properties may impact fracture growth.
Time Paper # Presentation
1330-1400 189780 Nano-Particle Surfactant in Hydraulic Fracturing Fluids for Enhanced Post Frac Oil Recovery H.J. Quintero, M. Mattucci, R.V. Hawkes, B. O'Neil, K. Zhang, C.Z. Wang, Trican Well Service Ltd.
1400-1430 189782 New Straight-Line Methods for interpretingTwo-Phase flowback Data of Unconventional Multi-Fractured Horizontal Wells P. Jia, L. Cheng, China University of Petroleum - Beijing; C.R. Clarkson, University of Calgary; J.D. Williams-Kovacs, TAQA North Ltd.
1430-1500 189822 Horizontal Well Productivity Enhancement Through Drawdown Management Approach in Vaca Muerta Shale D.G. Rojas, YPF S.A.
1530-1600 189827 Engineered Diversion: Using Well Heterogeneity as an Advantage to Designing Stage Specific Diverter Strategies K. Wutherich, S. Srinivasan, L. Ramsey, W.M. Katon, Drill2Frac
1600-1630 189793 A Comprehensive Approach for Quantifying Volume-of-investigation of DFIT by Considering Natural Fractures, Fissures and Microfractures Z. Chen, The University of Texas at Austin; Z. Chen , Z. Chen , University of Petroleum China Beijing; K. Sepehrnoori, The University of Texas At Austin
1630-1700 189799 Evaluating the Impact of Mechanical Properties of Kerogen on Hydraulic Fracturing of Organic Rich Formations S. Khatibi, M.O. Ostadhassan, M. Ali, University of North Dakota
Alternate 189781 Analytical Modeling to Diagnose Hydraulic Fracturing Using Stimulation Fluid Warm-back Y. Mao, M. Zeidouni, Louisiana State University
Alternate 189812 A NewSimple Analytic Equation for Estimating Asymmetric Growth of Stimulated Reservoir Volume in Anisotropic Shales R. Aguilera, Q. Li, University of Calgary

Wednesday, March 14

08:30 - 10:00
04  UR - Unconventional Production Optimization
Session Chairpersons Silviu Livescu - Baker Hughes, Robert Liston - Shell Canada Ltd.
Unconventional production optimization has been of great interest in North America. Within the current oil price environment, maximizing the value from existing unconventional assets as efficiently as practical is more critical now than ever. This session consists of three studies highlighting workflows for production optimization of unconventional reservoirs. The session includes an artificial lift study for improving the gas-lifted shale well performance, an empirical decline curve analysis study applied to various field cases in prominent Canadian and U.S. unconventional plays, and a workflow study for coupling earth sciences with data analytics to operationalize well completion optimization.
Time Paper # Presentation
0830-0900 189828 Value-Driven Mitigation Plans for Severe Slugging in Gas-Lift Wells in Unconventional Shale Plays H. Lu, A. Mukhanov, S. Nagarakanti, C. Kwok, Schlumberger
0900-0930 189802 Reconciling Empirical Methods for Reliable EUR and Production Profile Forecasts of Horizontal Wells in Tight/Shale Reservoirs S. Yu, Optimization Petroleum Technologies Inc.; J. Lee, Texas A&M University
0930-1000 189790 Need for Speed: Data Analytics Coupled to Reservoir Characterization Fast Tracks Well Completion Optimization P. Pankaj, Schlumberger; J. Morrell, Laredo Petroleum; B. Kaushik, D. Lee, A. Sharma, Schlumberger
08:30 - 10:00
05  UR - Geological Challenges and Petrophysics in Unconventionals
Session Chairpersons Tristan Euzen - IFP Canada, Jodi Anhorn - GLJ Petroleum Consultants Ltd
This session includes a variety of topics that will illustrate complex geological challenges faced in the development of unconventional resources and demonstrate innovative solution to mitigate them. These topics include controls on induced seismicity as well as estimation of rock and fluid property variations and their impact on reservoir quality.
Time Paper # Presentation
0830-0900 189820 An Investigation on the Effects of Hydraulic Fracturing Injection Volume and Rate on the Magnitude of Induced Seismic Events A. Amini, E. Eberhardt, University of British Columbia
0900-0930 189803 On Estimating Irreducible Water Saturation in Tight Formations Using Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Relaxometry R. Solatpour, University of Calgary; J.L. Bryan, Perm Inc; A. Kantzas, University of Calgary
0930-1000 189787 Impact of Entrained Hydrocarbon and Organic Matter Components on Reservoir Quality of Organic-Rich Shales: Implications for “Sweet Spot” Identification C.R. Clarkson, A. Ghanizadeh, K.M. Clarke, Z. Yang, B. Rashidi, A. Vahedian, C. Song, C. Debuhr, B. Haghshenas, University of Calgary; D.P. Royer, A.N. Esmail, Encana Corporation
Alternate 189791 Determination of Thermal Maturity and Maturation Trajectories in Shale Petroleum Reservoirs with the Use of Modified Pickett Plots R. Aguilera, B. Olusola, University of Calgary
Alternate 189825 Indirect Estimation of Rock Mechanical Properties from Drill Cuttings: An Integrated Laboratory-Based Approach C.P. Vocke, H. Deglint, C.R. Clarkson, C. Debuhr, A. Ghanizadeh, University of Calgary; S. Hazell, R.M. Bustin, University of British Columbia
08:30 - 10:00
06  UR - Invited Presenter Session
Session Chairpersons Trevor J Meador - Voltage Wireline Inc, Mary Ann Clark - TAQA
13:30 - 17:00
07  UR - Effective Use of Data to Optimize Production in Unconventionals
Session Chairpersons Patrick Miller - Repsol Oil & Gas Canada Inc, Hassan Dehghanpour - University of Alberta
This session will examine different techniques to maximize value from data we collect in unconventionals. From machine learning to more traditional techniques such as pressure transient analysis and reservoir simulation, presenters will demonstrate how data can be integrated and analyzed to optimize production.
Time Paper # Presentation
1330-1400 189808 Data-Based Smart Model for Real Time Liquid Loading Diagnostics in Marcellus Shale via Machine Learning A. Ansari, E. Fathi, F. Belyadi, A. Takbiri-Borujeni, West Virginia University; H. Belyadi, EQT; K.J. Walker, CONSOL Energy
1400-1430 189789 Reducing Bias by Data Analytics and Statistical Analysis: Application on Bakken Shale M.R. Mousa, Texas A&M University (PE DEPT); H.A. Nasr-El-Din, Texas A&M University
1430-1500 189792 Optimization of Multi-Well Pads Development using Knowledge Integrated Optimization Technique and ENN-based Proxy Models S. Wang, S. Chen, University of Calgary
1530-1600 189796 Understanding the Impact of Production Slugging Behavior on Near-Wellbore Hydraulic Fracture Integrity H. Lu, O.L. Anifowoshe, Schlumberger
1600-1630 189831 The impact of the Net Stress on Gas Recovery from the Marcellus Shale M.N. El Sgher, K. Aminian, S. Ameri, West Virginia University
1630-1700 189817 Data-driven model for Tight Reservoir Well Forcast Estimation G. De Paola, C. Ibañez, M. Lopez Perez-Valiente, R. Rodriguez Torrado, Repsol; D. Florez Fernandez, C. Lill, Microsoft
13:30 - 17:00
08  UR - Tight Oil & Gas Reservoir Performance and Forecasting
Session Chairpersons Frank J Palmai - Reservoir Engineering Consultant, Adam Preston - Alberta Energy Regulator
Since the commercialization of unconventional resources over a decade ago, developing accurate reservoir performance and forecasting techniques remain elusive. This session brings together both big data analytics and novel analysis methods to help address this issue.
Time Paper # Presentation
1330-1400 189783 Forecasting the Performance of Multiporosity Shale Oil Reservoirs Under Primary Recovery and Huff-and-Puff Gas Injection Using a New Material Balance Technique D. Orozco Ibarra, R. Aguilera, University of Calgary; K. Selvan, Nexen Inc.
1400-1430 189786 Stochastic Modeling and Assisted History-Matching Using Multiple Techniques of Multi-Phase Flowback From Multi-Fractured Horizontal Tight Oil Wells J. Williams-kovacs, University of Calgary/TAQA North Ltd.; C.R. Clarkson, University of Calgary
1430-1500 189823 Machine Learning Applied to Optimize Duvernay Well Performance B. Bowie, Apache Corporation
1530-1600 189815 Predicting Economic Value in Unexplored Regions of an Unconventional Liquids Rich Play J. Yip, P. Miller, T. Branter, Repsol Oil & Gas Canada Inc
1600-1630 189809 A Novel Monte Carlo Method to Characterize a new Production Forecast Model Based on Anomalous Transport Phenomenon in the Unconventional Reservoir S. Liu, H. Li, P.P. Valko, Texas A&M University
1630-1700 189806 Data-Driven Production Forecasting of Unconventional Wells with Apache Spark P. Mohammadmoradi, A. Kantzas, University of Calgary
Alternate 189819 Two-Phase Flow Behavior Analysis of Multi-Well Communication Through Secondary Fractures in Tight Oil Reservoirs: A Field Example from the Western Canadian Sedimentary Basin P. Jia, L. Cheng, China University of Petroleum - Beijing; C.R. Clarkson, University of Calgary; J.D. Williams-Kovacs, TAQA North Ltd.
13:30 - 17:00
09  UR - Case Studies Good, Bad & Ugly
Session Chairpersons Lyle H Burke - Devon Canada Corporation, David Lindsay Langille - Shell Canada Ltd.
We all have projects, events, or operations that we are proud of, that we wish went better, and that we simply regret. Salient insights from a spectrum of experiences captured in case studies can help skew your upcoming results in the right direction. Please join us for an unconventional take on what has worked and what you need to avoid in the work within your respective developments.
Time Paper # Presentation
1330-1400 189824 Strategic Waterflood Optimization with Innovative Active ICD's in CPEC K.D. MacArthur, K. Barry, R. McDowell, Crescent Point; T.M. Stretch, A. Keshishian, J. Farid, A. Kozin, Schlumberger
1400-1430 189813 Case Study of Time-Based Stress Shadow Influences on New Well Fracture Propagation Patterns in the Montney M. Ng, J. Reimer, Painted Pony Petroleum; N. Peterson, B. Hlidek, Packers Plus Energy Services
1430-1500 189830 Optimization of Hydraulic Fracture Design Parameters, Using Multivariate Statistical Analysis and Integrating It with Unconventional Fracture Modeling (UFM) and Calibrated Production Modeling Approach, A Montney example M. M. Faskhoodi, Schlumberger Canada Limited; A. Zhmodik, Schlumberger; Q. Li, D. Boskovic, O. Perez Michi, R. Venkateshwaran, T. Ogunyemi, Schlumberger Canada Limited; I. Ghavami, D. Miller, G. Nyberg, Progress Energy Resources Corp; B. Pedersen, Progress Energy Canada Ltd.; D. Yee, Progress Energy Resources Corp
1530-1600 189797 Eagle Ford and Pimienta Shales in Mexico: A Case Study M.M. Cruz Luque, R. Aguilera, University of Calgary
1600-1630 189798 Efficient Methodology for Stimulation Candidate Selection and Well Workover Optimization using Decline Curve and Nodal Analysis - Case Study in the Horn River Basin C.J. Virues, Nexen Energy ULC; K.B. Horner, University of Alberta
1630-1700 189810 Real-Time Completion/Perforation Design and Optimization of Fracture Treatment Using Commonly Available Surface Drilling and Fracing Data M. Paryani, A. Ouenes, FracGeo LLC; W. Li, D. Fu, A. Gonzalez, BJ Services
Alternate 189811 Evaluating Human-Machine Interaction for Automated Drilling Systems A. Farhangfar, University of Calgary; A.M. Torre, Precision Drilling Corporation; R.J. Shor, University of Calgary
Alternate 189818 Frac-hit Analysis using Artificial Intelligence A. Takbiri-Borujeni, D. Chamberlain, D.W. Yingling, E. Fathi, West Virginia University