Impact of capillary pressure and flowback design on the clean up and productivity of hydraulically fractured tight gas wells

Martin Verdugo, Florian Doster

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Abstract

This work analyses the impact of capillary pressure and flowback operational variables on hydraulically fractured tight gas wells with the objective of understanding the clean-up process at reservoir level and its impact on future well performance. Through numerical reservoir simulation, different scenarios were investigated, varying capillary pressure, flowback duration, shut-in duration and drawdown. These scenarios are interpreted with rate transient analysis. The results of this work show the ambivalent effect of capillary pressure in terms of facilitating imbibition but also holding back water close to the fracture. The novelty of this work consists in the findings that for lower capillary pressures, short shut-in periods lead to a better well productivity while for higher capillary pressure extended shut-in periods are better for well productivity. It was also found that drawdown can be used to minimize fracture face relative permeability damage and as shut-in period extends, flowback should be performed at smaller drawdowns.
Original languageEnglish
Article number109465
JournalJournal of Petroleum Science and Engineering
Volume208
Issue numberPart B
Early online date4 Sep 2021
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 4 Sep 2021

Keywords

  • Capillary pressure
  • Flowback
  • Rate transient analysis
  • Tight gas
  • Well performance

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Fuel Technology
  • Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology

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