Production Performance in the In-Fill Development of Unconventional Resources

Topics: Hydraulic fracturing Petrophysics/geophysics Reservoir characterization
Source: SPE 175963
Fig. 1—Example of depletion profile from asymmetric propagation and fracture geometry (from large-job-size design) as a result of the in-fill drilling between two parent wells in the Eagle Ford.

Data now show that the behavior of unconventional wells to in-fill drilling varies significantly across basins. A key influence may be changes in pore pressure and saturation (saturation history). This paper presents results from the analysis of the effect of in-fill drilling on parent-well performance, and describes a simplistic approach to understanding the effect of the quest for operational efficiencies and economic cycles on development strategies.


This study focuses on two unconventional plays, the Eagle Ford and the Bakken. The objective was to model the well performance of the parent wells with the aim of matching and predicting in-fill-well performance. Because the two assets are at two significantly different portions of the development cycle (Eagle Ford is very early in its cycle), the Bakken data set has the luxury of modeling and matching the performance of the parent and in-fill, whereas the Eagle Ford portion of this study focuses on forward modeling and optimizing in-fill-well completions.

The methodologies used in this study (parent-well modeling, petrophysical models, geomechanics, fracture modeling, production modeling, and in-fill-well/depletion modeling) are discussed in detail in the complete paper.

This article, written by JPT Technology Editor Chris Carpenter, contains highlights of paper SPE 175963, “Production Performance in the In-Fill Development of Unconventional Resources,” by Bilu V. Cherian, Sanjel; Matthew McCleary, Samuel Fluckiger, Nathan Nieswiadomy, Brent Bundy, and Sarah Edwards, SPE, SM Energy; and Rafif Rifia, Kristina Kublik, Santhosh Narasimhan, James Gray, Olubiyi Olaoye, and Hamza Shaikh, Sanjel, prepared for the 2015 SPE/CSUR Unconventional Resources Conference, Calgary, 20–22 October. The paper has not been peer reviewed.
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Production Performance in the In-Fill Development of Unconventional Resources

01 July 2016

Volume: 68 | Issue: 7