2009 Unconventional Resources

Prediction of Fault Reactivation in Hydraulic Fracturing of Horizontal Wells in Shale Gas Reservoirs

Subcontractor: West Virginia University Research Corporation

Principal Investigator: Ebrahim Fathi
Project Number Project Status
09122-06 Completed
RPSEA Project Manager: Skip Pratt
Participants
Range Resources Corporation; Appalachian, LLC
Period of Performance
Start Date End Date
January 19, 2011 August 31, 2015
Total Project Cost RPSEA Share Cost Share
$1,098,628.00 $842,392.00 $245,250.00
Project Objectives

The overall objective is to develop a fundamental basis for characterization of geomechanical performance of shale gas reservoirs in the process of hydraulic fracturing stimulation. This effort shall focus on predicting fault reactivation (shear slippage) and improving effectiveness of hydraulic fracturing stimulation to enhance production of horizontal gas shale wells, targeting the Marcellus shale in the Appalachian Basin.

 

The executable simulator code wtih an example, input/output data & work flow illustration software can be found here.

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Reports
File Type Date
Prediction of Fault Reactivation in Hydraulic Fracturing of Horizontal Wells in Shale Gas Reservoirs ( 1.3 MB ) Annual Report 11/12
Prediction of Fault Reactivation in Hydraulic Fracturing of Horizontal Wells in Shale Gas Reservoirs ( 138.9 KB ) Technology Status Assessment 04/11
Prediction of Fault Reactivation in Hydraulic Fracturing of Horizontal Wells in Shale Gas Reservoirs ( 3.7 MB ) Final Report