The successful exploitation of tight-gas reservoirs requires fracture networks, sometimes naturally occurring, often hydraulically stimulated. Borehole microseismic data acquired in such environments hold great promise for characterising such fractures or sweet spots. The loci of seismic events delineate active faults and reveal fracture development in response to stimulation. However, a great deal more can be extracted from these microseismic data. For example, inversions of shear-wave splitting data provide a robust means of mapping fracture densities and preferred orientations, useful information for drilling programs. They can also be used to track temporal variations in fracture compliances, which are indicative of fluid flow and enhanced permeability in response to stimulation. Furthermore, the frequency-dependent nature of shear-wave splitting is very sensitive to size of fractures and their fluid-fill composition. Here we demonstrate the feasibility of using such analysis of shear-wave splitting measurements on data acquired during hydraulic stimulation of a tight-gas sandstone in the Cotton Valley field in Carthage, West Texas.
|Title of host publication||Society of Petroleum Engineers - SPE/EAGE European Unconventional Resources Conference and Exhibition 2012|
|Number of pages||8|
|Publication status||Published - 4 Jun 2012|
|Event||SPE/EAGE European Unconventional Resources Conference and Exhibition 2012 - Vienna, United Kingdom|
Duration: 20 Mar 2012 → 22 Mar 2012
|Conference||SPE/EAGE European Unconventional Resources Conference and Exhibition 2012|
|Period||20/03/12 → 22/03/12|