Hydraulic Fracturing in Unconventional Reservoirs: Theories, Operations, and Economic Analysis introduces the basic characteristics and theories surrounding hydraulic fracturing and the main process of fracturing in shale, including the main workflow, the details in case analysis, and the fundamental differences between theory, study, and practical operation. The book takes the complex nature of the hydraulic fracturing in unconventional reservoirs and applies a practical approach that can be useds as a workflow for designing fracture treatments in various shale basins across the world.
Providing the audience with theories, best practices, operation and execution, and economic analysis of hydraulic fracturing in unconventional reservoirs, this reference guides the engineer and manager through broad topics including an introduction to unconventional reservoirs, advanced shale reservoir characterization, and shale gas in place calculation as well as expanding to basic theories of hydraulic fracturing and advanced topics in shale reservoir stimulation.
Rounding out with coverage on the environmental aspects and practice problems on design and economic analysis, the book delivers the critical link needed between academia and industry for all aspects of hydraulic fracturing operations.
- Presents basic characteristics of unconventional reservoirs and introductory theories and practices on hydraulic fracturing, including post-fracturing analysis
- Includes an explanation of company assets and financial responsibility, with coverage on economic evaluation and how to predict decline curves
- Provides tactics on how to strengthen real-world skills with the inclusion of practice examples at the end of the book
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Chapter One. Introduction to Unconventional Reservoirs
Chapter Two. Advanced Shale Reservoir Characterization
Chapter Three. Shale Initial Gas-in-Place Calculation
Chapter Four. Multiscale Fluid Flow and Transport in Organic-Rich Shale
Chapter Five. Hydraulic Fracturing Fluid Systems
Chapter Six. Proppant Characteristics and Application Design
Chapter Seven. Unconventional Reservoir Development Footprints
Chapter Eight. Hydraulic Fracturing Chemical Selection and Design
Chapter Nine. Fracture Pressure Analysis and Perforation Design
Chapter Ten. Fracture Treatment Design
Chapter Eleven. Horizontal Well Multistage Completion Techniques
Chapter Twelve. Completions and Flowback Design Evaluation in Relation to Production
Chapter Thirteen. Rock Mechanical Properties and In Situ Stresses
Chapter Fourteen. Diagnostic Fracture Injection Test
Chapter Fifteen. Numerical Simulation of Hydraulic Fracturing Propagation
Chapter Sixteen. Operations and Execution
Chapter Seventeen. Decline Curve Analysis
Chapter Eighteen. Economic Evaluation
Hoss Belyadi is currently a Senior Reservoir Engineer specializing in production and completions optimization, completions and reservoir modeling, and project evaluation. Mr. Belyadi is also an adjunct faculty member at West Virginia University teaching Hydraulic Frac Stimulation Design. After working the first two years of his career as a completions engineer designing and pumping Marcellus, Utica, and Upper Devonian Shale plays, he has been a reservoir engineer focusing on optimizing completions, reservoir, production, and economic aspects of unconventional reservoirs. Mr. Belyadi has been a member of Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) since 2006 and has authored and coauthored several SPE papers on completions optimization and production enhancement. Hoss earned his BS and MS, both in Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering from West Virginia University.
Ebrahim Fathi is currently an Assistant Professor of Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering at West Virginia University. Dr. Fathi has received 2014 (AIME) Rossiter W. Raymond Memorial Award and SPE outstanding Technical Editor Award in 2013. Ebrahim has authored several peer reviewed journal publications and conference papers. He has been heavily involved in research on various aspects of unconventional reservoir developments, including multi-stage hydraulic fracturing of horizontal wells and prediction of fault reactivation. His research has also included laboratory measurement and characterization of fluid transport and storage in organic-rich shales, innovative research developing new-generation of flow simulators for unconventional reservoirs, and the area of computational fluid dynamics. He earned a BS in Exploration of Mining Engineering and a MS in Exploration of Petroleum Engineering, both from Tehran University, a PhD and Post-doc in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Oklahoma.
Fatemeh Belyadi is currently an Assistant Professor of Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering at West Virginia University. Dr. Belyadi was formerly with Exterran Energy Solution Company and Kish Oil and Gas Company (KOGC) where she specialized in process equipment, gas plant, refinery reactor design, and reservoir management. SPE publishes a large portion of her professional activities, where she regularly attends and presents papers in SPE conferences. Her research interests include multi-phase fluid flow, wellbore integrity, designing and managing drilling fluids, and enhanced oil recovery especially from stripper wells. Dr. Belyadi received her BS, MS, and PhD in Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering from West Virginia University.