Production Analysis of Multi-Stage Hydraulically Fractured Horizontal Wells in Tight Gas Reservoirs

  •  Fei Wang    
  •  Shicheng Zhang    


Activities in exploitation and developing tight gas reservoirs grown tremendously in recent years. The horizontal well with multi-stage hydraulic fracture stimulation has proven to be an effective strategy of developing these unconventional resources. However, to evaluate the fracturing treatment and predict the long-term production behavior of wells in gas recovery it is important to estimate the effective half-length and spacing of created hydraulic fractures and the extent of the stimulated reservoir volume (SRV). In this paper, a simplified linear model is presented to represent the relationship between fractures and matrix rock. Four flow regimes are identified with this model which exhibits the production dynamics of multi-stage fractured horizontal wells (MFHW). Rate-normalized gas pseudopressure is derived from production data and used to interpret flow regimes with corresponding calculation equations. We illustrate the analysis procedure with two field cases from a tight gas reservoir in Northeast China. The results prove that the proposed method works well in analyzing production data from tight gas wells in their early life. The potential in further developing this technique for practical application is obvious and looks very promising.


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  • ISSN(Print): 1916-9779
  • ISSN(Online): 1916-9787
  • Started: 2009
  • Frequency: semiannual

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