Directional/complex wells

Use of Microseismic Monitoring To Compare Completion Designs

This study compares the performance of openhole-packer completion systems with that of cemented-liner completion systems in the northern Montney gas resource play.

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This study compares the performance of openhole-packer completion systems with that of cemented-liner completion systems in the northern Montney gas resource play. The authors’ data demonstrate that the benefits of openhole completions include an increase in initial production (30-day average) (IP30) rates, an increase in expected ultimate raw gas recovery per well, and a decrease in stimulation-period costs, all on an unadjusted basis. When adjusted for total proppant placed or total fluid pumped on average per completion, the relative benefit of openhole systems ranges from 6 to 31%, depending on the test metric selected.

Introduction

Recovery optimization from the Montney presents a unique development challenge because of the play’s extensive thickness and corresponding multilayer extraction potential. In the Blair/Town Block study area, it has been observed that openhole completions consistently outperform cemented-liner completions when considering standard metrics of production and cost.

Completion-liner systems for horizontal wells are designed to isolate ­hydraulic-fracture treatments to minimize stimulation pumping interference between successive stages.

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