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New Techniques in Interpretation of Closure Pressure in the Montney Formation

The Montney formation in Canada is one of the largest resource plays in North America. Horizontal multistaged fracturing is the best method for developing this vast resource. Before hydraulic fracturing of the wellbore, the toe stage is frequently minifractured to obtain reservoir and geomechanical properties. Various pressure-transient-analysis (PTA) -based interpretation techniques have been introduced to the industry over the last few years for the determination of closure pressure. From a theoretical viewpoint, unification of the fields of traditional PTA and minifracture interpretation has been achieved.

Introduction

Despite low natural-gas prices, the Montney-play region of northeast British Columbia remains one of the most active of such plays in North America. Operators continue to push drilling activity in the Montney, with increased liquids production within many portions of the trend. Characterization techniques and stimulation and production mechanisms continue to make economics favorable. Prefracture diagnostic testing is an approach that regulators and operators are now more commonly using in unconventional and tight formations. Industry’s current use of minifracture analysis for the determination of fracture closure and after-closure reservoir properties, however, still presents several challenges.

This article, written by JPT Technology Editor Chris Carpenter, contains highlights of paper SPE 163825, “Interpretation of Closure Pressure in the Unconventional Montney Using PTA Techniques,” by Robert V. Hawkes, Pure Energy Services; Irene Anderson, Talisman Energy; R.C. Bachman, Taurus Reservoir Solutions; and A. Settari, SPE, University of Calgary, prepared for the 2013 SPE Hydraulic Fracturing Technology Conference, The Woodlands, Texas, USA, 4–6 February. The paper has not been peer reviewed.
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New Techniques in Interpretation of Closure Pressure in the Montney Formation

01 February 2014

Volume: 66 | Issue: 2

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