Improved fracture-treatment designs can increase production rates from many reservoirs. However, do these changes merely accelerate recovery, or is incremental production gained by changing the fracture design? The authors re-examined three tight gas case studies published in the past 10 years. The original studies were performed specifically to assess the effects of increased fracture conductivity on production. In all cases, the initial analyses documented that increasing conductivity appeared to increase production and recovery.
Author(s): Dennis Denney; JPT, K. Blackwood; Highmount Energy, P. Handren; Denbury Resources, M. Chapman; Carbo Ceramics, T. Palisch; Carbo Ceramics, J. Godwin; Carbo Ceramics