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4D Seismic Monitoring for Assessing Reservoir Heterogeneity and Its Impact on Hydraulic Fracture Stimulation

Recorded On: 09/12/2018

Hydraulic fracture stimulation is an essential part of economically producing from unconventional resources such as shale and tight and stone reservoirs. Within the subsurface, reservoir heterogeneity and variability in elastic rock properties significantly control the response to hydraulic fracturing efficiency and effectiveness of hydraulic fracture stimulation. Understanding the link between the reservoir heterogeneity and the rock response to stimulation is essential to better develop and produce shale and tight reservoirs with efficient recovery. This webinar will discuss the importance of understanding reservoir heterogeneity and its impact on the success of hydraulic fracturing in shale wells. 

A square-mile section within the Wattenberg Field, Colorado, USA, the Niobrara was hydraulically fracture stimulated and produced using 11 horizontal wells. These wells were used as a well spacing test to understand the effectiveness of hydraulic fracturing within the Niobrara and Codell formations. A three-dimensional geomechanical model was generated as an input to the hydraulic fracture simulation modeling.  4D time-lapse seismic and microseismic were also used to characterize the reservoir response to hydraulic fracturing and two years of production. The seismic monitoring was observed to be beneficial for the validation of hydraulic fracture simulation modeling results. Furthermore, the integrated analysis indicated that there is potential room for improvement and optimization needed for efficiently developing the Niobrara and Codell formations within the Wattenberg Field.

Ahmed Al-Fataierge

Geophysical Engineer, Saudi Aramco

Mr. Al-Fataierge is an exploration geophysicist with 10 years of hands-on experience in the exploration and development of several conventional and unconventional reservoirs within Saudi Arabia and North America. Ahmed obtained his B.S. in Geophysics from the University of Houston in 2009. He also graduated with a M.S. in Geophysical Engineering and Minor in Petroleum Engineering from Colorado School of Mines in 2017.

Ahmed has a passion for interdisciplinary integration of information for the better development of hydrocarbon resources. His technical background stretches beyond geology and geophysics through his work on multiple interdisciplinary studies. He is an accomplished explorationist successfully drilling several gas exploration wells within Saudi Arabia. Currently, he works within Saudi Aramco on the assessment and development of several unconventional resource plays within Saudi Arabia.

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