Efficiency of multi-zone fracturing in vertical wells: A case study

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Abstract

Extensive multi-zone multistage hydraulic fracturing treatments are now being executed in low permeability oil and gas fields around the world. Due to the limited access to the subsurface, post-treatment assessments are mainly limited to few techniques such as tiltmeter, microseismic and tracer-logs. The first two techniques are mainly used to determine fracture extension; however, fracture height and fracture initiation at all perforation clusters could only be confirmed through radioactive tracer logs or detailed pressure analysis. In this paper, we consider real examples from a field from Central America and investigate potential problems led to the limited generation of fractures in multi-zone treatments. For instance, some of the post-frac radioactive logs show very low concentration of tracers at some perforated zones in comparison with other zones. On the other hand in some cases, tracer logs indicate presence of tracers in deeper or shallower zones. Different reasons could cause fracture growth in non-perforated zones, including but not limited to: perforation design problems, casing/cement integrity problems, lack of containment, instability of fracture growth in one or some of the zones, and finally making a mistake in selecting lithology for fracturing. In this paper, some of these issues have been examined for a few sample wells using treatment pressure data, petrophysical logs and post-frac tracer logs. Some recommendations in designing the length and arrangement of perforations to avoid these problems in future fracturing jobs are provided at the end of this paper.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationASME 2013 32nd International Conference on Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering, OMAE 2013
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1 2013
EventASME 2013 32nd International Conference on Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering, OMAE 2013 - Nantes, France
Duration: Jun 9 2013Jun 14 2013

Publication series

NameProceedings of the International Conference on Offshore Mechanics and Arctic Engineering - OMAE
Volume6

Other

OtherASME 2013 32nd International Conference on Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering, OMAE 2013
CountryFrance
CityNantes
Period6/9/136/14/13

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Ocean Engineering
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Mechanical Engineering

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Dahi Taleghani, A., & Puyang, P. (2013). Efficiency of multi-zone fracturing in vertical wells: A case study. In ASME 2013 32nd International Conference on Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering, OMAE 2013 [V006T11A033] (Proceedings of the International Conference on Offshore Mechanics and Arctic Engineering - OMAE; Vol. 6). https://doi.org/10.1115/OMAE2013-11623