2010 Unconventional Resources

Predicting Higher-Than-Average Permeability Zones in Tight-Gas Sands, Piceance Basin: An Integrated Structural and Stratigraphic Analysis

Subcontractor: Colorado School of Mines (CSM)

Principal Investigator: Jennifer Aschoff
Project Number Project Status
10122-47 Completed
RPSEA Project Manager: Skip Pratt
Participants
Bill Barrett Corporation; Williams E&P
Period of Performance
Start Date End Date
April 24, 2012 July 31, 2016
Total Project Cost RPSEA Share Cost Share
$1,027,407.00 $771,433.00 $245,700.00
Project Objectives

The research objective is to investigate depositional geometries and fabrics, such as fluvial channel architecture, channel orientation, accretion sets, sedimentary fabrics, grain-size and sorting, control the mechanical properties, lateral extent and thickness of beds and thus, the fractures within those beds. A better, and more integrated understanding of the structural, stratigraphic and diagenetic controls on tight-gas sandstones would allow the development of more sophisticated exploration and production strategies that would improve recovery and reduce environmental impacts by drilling fewer wells. The study area will be within the Piceance basin of Colorado.

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