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Accurate and Verifiable Interwellbore Fracture Attribute PredictionsNormal access

Authors: P. Eichhubl, S.E. Laubach, J.E. Olson and R.H. Lander
Event name: 68th EAGE Conference and Exhibition incorporating SPE EUROPEC 2006
Session: Fractured Reservoir
Publication date: 12 June 2006
DOI: 10.3997/2214-4609.201402074
Organisations: SPE, EAGE
Language: English
Info: Extended abstract, PDF ( 464.64Kb )
Price: € 20

The continuity of fracture porosity is of fundamental importance for fluid flow in tight formations. Some authors emphasize the role of in situ stress on determining which fractures are conductive and which are not, where the maximum permeability direction in fractured media is expected to align with the maximum compressive stress for opening mode fractures or with the strike orientation of critically stressed faults. Other work has focused on the role of diagenesis that occurs contemporaneous with or after natural fracturing events. Precipitation of cements in a fracture can prop it open, occlude the porosity, or otherwise affect the stress sensitivity of fracture permeability. In this paper, we examine the potential consequences of the interplay between diagenesis and mechanics in the development of a natural fracture network using diagenetic models that incorporate fracture, geomechanical models of fracture population growth that incorporate diagenesis, and extensive observations of fracture populations in core and in outcrop reservoir analogs. We report patterns of fracture growth and decay that are generally applicable to fractured siliciclastic and carbonate rocks.

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