Mehdi Matt Honarpour | Hess Corporation, Houston, TX
Characterization of Critical Fluid, Rock, and Rock-Fluid Properties for Shales
Liquid Rich Shale reservoirs are economically attractive but operationally challenging. Fluid, rock, and rock-fluid properties are critical for optimal reservoir development and management. Formation heterogeneity, fluid variability, and complexity of rock-fluid properties render fluid flow characterization a challenging task.
Examples of characterizing critical rock and fluid properties, their variability and impact on performance through parametric simulation studies will be presented. A sector model with a horizontal well to study the sensitivities to fluid, rock, relative permeability, capillary pressure, and fracture properties will be discussed. It was found that the critical data impacting initial rate and ultimate recovery were; permeability and its anisotropy, hydraulic and natural fractures, compaction, oil viscosity, GOR, bubble point pressure, IFT/ capillary pressure, relative permeability.