Industry Article: How Fracture Interference Impacts Woodford Shale Gas Production

How Fracture Interference Impacts Woodford Shale Gas Production
Publication: World Oil
Publication Date: 03/01/2015

Devon Energy and Schlumberger created an integrated multidisciplinary workflow, built in the Petrel E&P software platform to combine data and interpretation from geology, geophysics, petrophysics, geomechanics, stimulation, completions, production and reservoir engineering. 

Using this workflow in the Woodford Shale of the Anadarko basin in Oklahoma, an integrated analysis of fracture interference revealed that hydraulic fracture system damage was, most likely, due to stimulation fluid flooding into depleted fracture systems around parent wells, resulting in a reduction in the effective fracture area. 

The team proposed a number of options to mitigate the impact of fracture interference, including refracturing the existing producing well with an energized fluid.

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