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Advances in the Study of Fractured Reservoirs

Product Code: SP374
Series: GSL Special Publications
Author/Editor: Edited by G.H. Spence, J. Redfern, R. Aguilera, T.G. Bevan, J.W. Cosgrove, G.D. Couples and J.-M. Daniel
Publication Date: 26 August 2014
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Special Publication 374

Naturally fractured reservoirs constitute a substantial percentage of remaining hydrocarbon resources; they create exploration targets in otherwise impermeable rocks, including under-explored crystalline basement; and they can be used as geological stores for anthropogenic carbon dioxide. Their complex behaviour during production has traditionally proved difficult to predict, causing a large degree of uncertainty in reservoir development. The applied study of naturally fractured reservoirs seeks to constrain this uncertainty by developing new understanding, and is necessarily a broad, integrated, interdisciplinary topic. This book addresses some of the challenges and advances in knowledge, approaches, concepts, and methods used to characterize the interplay of rock matrix and fracture networks, relevant to fluid flow and hydrocarbon recovery. Topics include: describing, characterizing and identifying controls on fracture networks from outcrops, cores, geophysical data, digital and numerical models; geomechanical influences on reservoir behaviour; numerical modelling and simulation of fluid flow; and case studies of the exploration and development of carbonate, siliciclastic and metamorphic naturally fractured reservoirs.

Published online 23/07/2014. Print copy available from 26/08/2014.

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Type: Book
Ten Digit ISBN:
Thirteen Digit ISBN: 978-1-86239-355-4
Publisher: GSL
Binding: Hardback
Pages: 425
Weight: 1.15 kg

Contents

Spence, G. H., Couples, G. D., Bevan, T. G., Aguilera, R., Cosgrove, J. W., Daniel, J.-M. & Redfern, J. Advances in the study of naturally fractured hydrocarbon reservoirs: a broad integrated interdisciplinary applied topic


Investigating fracture networks using outcrop, core and geophysical data

Sonntag, R., Evans, J. P., La Pointe, P., Deraps, M., Sisley, H. & Richey, D. Sedimentological controls on the fracture distribution and network development in Mesaverde Group sandstone lithofacies, Uinta Basin, Utah, USA

Seers, T. D. & Hodgetts, D. Comparison of digital outcrop and conventional data collection approaches for the characterization of naturally fractured reservoir analogues

Rotevatn, A. & Bastesen, E. Fault linkage and damage zone architecture in tight carbonate rocks in the Suez Rift (Egypt): implications for permeability structure along segmented normal faults

Sagi, D. A., Arnhild, M. & Karlo, J. F. Quantifying fracture density and connectivity of fractured chalk reservoirs from core samples: implications for fluid flow

Hencher, S. R. Characterizing discontinuities in naturally fractured outcrop analogues and rock core: the need to consider fracture development over geological time

Numerical and statistical simulations and models

Geiger, S. & Matthäi, S. What can we learn from high-resolution numerical simulations of single- and multi-phase fluid flow in fractured outcrop analogues?

Couples, G. D. Geomechanical impacts on flow in fractured reservoirs

Heffer, K. J. Geomechanical mechanisms involving faults and fractures for observed correlations between fluctuations in flowrates at wells in North Sea oilfields

Zhou, X., Karimi-Fard, M., Durlofsky, L. J. & Aydin, A. Fluid flow through porous sandstone with overprinting and intersecting geological structures of various types

Spence, G. H. & Finch, E. Influences of nodular chert rhythmites on natural fracture networks in carbonates: an outcrop and two-dimensional discrete element modelling study

Gudmundsson, A. & Løtveit, I. F. Sills as fractured hydrocarbon reservoirs: examples and models

Delorme, M., Oliveira Mota, R., Khvoenkova, N., Fourno, A. & Noetinger, B. A methodology to characterize fractured reservoirs constrained by statistical geological analysis and production: a real field case study

Case studies

Murray, A. & Montgomery, D. W. Characterization of highly fractured basement, Say’un Masila Basin, Yemen

Slightam, C. Characterizing seismic-scale faults pre- and post-drilling; Lewisian Basement, West of Shetlands, UK

Bosworth, W., Khalil, S., Clare, A., Comisky, J., Abdelal, H., Reed, T. & Kokkoros, G. Integration of outcrop and subsurface data during the development of a naturally fractured Eocene carbonate reservoir at the East Ras Budran concession, Gulf of Suez, Egypt

Ward, M. V., Pearse, C., Jehanno, Y., O’Hanlon, M., Zett, A. & Houliston, D. The Machar Oil Field, UK Central North Sea: impact of seismic reprocessing on the development of a complex fractured chalk field

Saoudi, A., Moustafa, A. R., Farag, R. I., Omara, M. M., Wally, H., Fouad, A., Tag, A. & Ragab, R. Z. Dual-porosity fractured Miocene syn-rift dolomite reservoir in the Issaran Field (Gulf of Suez, Egypt): a case history of the zonal isolation of highly fractured water carrier bed

Ogata, K., Senger, K., Braathen, A., Tveranger, J. & Olaussen, S. The importance of natural fractures in a tight reservoir for potential CO2 storage: a case study of the upper Triassic–middle Jurassic Kapp Toscana Group (Spitsbergen, Arctic Norway)

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