2010 Unconventional Resources

A Geomechanical Analysis of Gas Shale Fracturing and Its Containment

Subcontractor: Texas Engineering Experiment Station (TEES)

Principal Investigator: George Moridis
Project Number Project Status
10122-42 Active
RPSEA Project Manager: Adam Tew
Participants
Shell Oil; Matador; APEXHiPoint; Schlumberger‐TerraTek
Period of Performance
Start Date End Date
January 27, 2012 September 30, 2016
Total Project Cost RPSEA Share Cost Share
$1,107,142.00 $830,356.00 $276,786.00
Project Objectives

Conduct an integrated experimental and numerical study to accomplish the following objectives: (i) to understand the role of rock texture, fabric and deformation regime on induced fractures (ii) to develop rock strength/elasticity heterogeneity models that can be used for gas shale, and (iii) implement experimental findings into improved 3D numerical fracture simulation models for assessment of containment and estimation of the stimulated volume.

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Reports
File Type Date
A Geomechanical Analysis of Gas Shale Fracturing and Its Containment ( 150.3 KB ) Technology Status Assessment 07/12