Current Projects - Phase XVI

The integrated research environment at RCP focuses on projects to advance 4D, 9C and associated technologies for seismic reservoir characterization in a variety of geologic settings.  

WATTENBERG FIELD, COLORADO  - Unconventional Shale Project

This project is the central focus for Phase XVI research.  Anadarko Petroleum Corporation is the field sponsor for Wattenberg Field, a fractured shale reservoir. The project focuses on integration with a cross-discipline graduate student team from geophysics, geology, petroleum engineering and economics.  The integrated dynamic reservoir characterization will help guide future well and completion strategy for development of the Niobrara and Codell Formations to increase hydrocarbon recovery.

Wattenberg, ColoradoThis research monitors the reservoir in conjunction with a pilot well spacing and completion program conducted by Anadarko. The project provides a unique opportunity for integration of high quality data from multiple disciplines, including acquisition of time-lapse multicomponent (9C) seismic data over the target study area.  Microseismic data, well logs and core samples, FMI logs, completions, production and tracer engineering data assist the integrated study which couples the time-lapse seismic data with geomechanical analysis and reservoir simulation.  

Earlier research by RCP found that the dynamic response of fractures controls reservoir performance and that the natural fractures are stress sensitive. Monitoring is necessary to understand the controls, whether injecting or producing. Characterizing the reservoir under dynamic conditions enables a knowledge base and workflow to help diagnose and predict reservoir performance. What we learn in this project may have a significant impact on future shale reservoir development and our energy resources.



THE VACA MUERTA, ARGENTINA - Early-stage Development Project

The project began in fall, 2013 in collaboration with Wintershall in the Vaca Muerta Formation of the Neuquén Basin, Argentina.  The primary focus of this study is to understand the factors that control reservoir production using an integrated approach, incorporating geology, geophysics, geomechanics and engineering to help optimize future horizontal well placements.  

Initial work examined fracture distributions and elastic parameter variability across the study area using cores, seismic inversion, and interpretation of image logs. Current work focuses on depositional controls on rock properties, wells log analysis, seismic inversion and microseismicity.  

In unconventional reservoirs where permeabilities are low, stimulation is required to allow for production. The mechanical behavior of the reservoir is the primary factor controlling the economics as it relates to the ability of natural and induced fractures to sustain hydraulic conductivity pathways. Characterization of the mechanical properties of the formation, the stress state at the reservoir level, and analysis of the natural fractures is essential for targeting well locations and guiding stimulation programs. Recent vertical test wells provide opportunity to analyze hydraulic stimulation stages, and incorporate new information in the study. 

CABIN CREEK FIELD, WILLISTON BASIN, USA - Reservoir Characterization for CO2 Monitoring

One of 13 producing fields along the Cedar Creek Anticline in eastern Montana, the project is a candidate for future CO2 flooding.  Our research aims to characterize a very thin Red River dolomite in the field to understand reservoir properties and determine appropriate geophysical and simulation tools to monitor and optimize CO2 floods via time-lapse studies. 

Modeling plays a vital role in understanding the value of seismic data for monitoring;  research also includes petrophysical studies, fault and fracture analysis, seismic interpretation and inversion, and reservoir simulation studies. Denbury is the field operator and project sponsor. The project was launched in mid-2016. 

RAUDHATAIN FIELD, KUWAIT - Characterization of Deep Jurassic Shale

This project focuses on seismic imaging and fault characterization to delineate optimal zones for horizontal well drilling of deep Jurassic shale/carbonate reservoirs below salt and anhydrite layers. The reservoir engineering portion of the study utilizes a dual porosity model and simulation to identify optimal fracture zones. The project is provided by Kuwait Oil Company. 

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