Analyzing the well-interference phenomenon in the Eagle Ford Shale/Austin Chalk production system with a comprehensive compositional reservoir model

Hewei Tang, Bicheng Yan, Zhi Chai, Lihua Zuo, John Killough, Zhuang Sun

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Abstract

Well interference is a common phenomenon in unconventional-reservoir development. The completion and production of infill wells can lead to either positive or negative well-interference impacts on the existing producers. Many researchers have investigated the well-interference phenomenon; however, few of them attempted to apply rigorous simulation methods to analyze both positive and negative well-interference effects, especially in two different formations. In this work, we develop a comprehensive compositional reservoir model to study the well-interference phenomena in the Eagle Ford Shale/Austin Chalk production system. The reservoir model considers capillary pressure in the vapor/liquid-equilibrium (VLE) equation (nanopore-confinement effect), and applies the embedded discrete-fracture model (EDFM) for dynamic fracture modeling. We also include a multisegment-well model to characterize the wellbore-crossflow effect introduced by fracture hits. The simulation results indicate that negative well-interference impact is much more common in the production system. With a smaller permeability difference, the hydraulic-fracturing effect can lead to a positive well-interference period of several hundred days. The nanopore-confinement effect in the Eagle Ford Shale can contribute to the negative well-interference effect. We also analyze the impact of other factors such as initial reservoir pressure, matrix porosity, initial water saturation, and the natural-fracture system on the well performance. Our work provides valuable insights into dynamic well performance under the impact of well interference.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)827-841
Number of pages15
JournalSPE Reservoir Evaluation and Engineering
Volume22
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2019
Externally publishedYes

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Geology
  • Fuel Technology

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