Seismic stimulation improves production from West Texas carbonate

Jeff Marshall Abraxas Petroleum Corp. San Antonio Sergey Kostrov, Bill Wooden Applied Seismic Research Corp. Plano, Tex. A project on a West Texas lease shows the effectiveness of seismic stimulation to arrest oil production rate decline of a nonwater-drive carbonate reservoir. As worldwide demand for oil increases, oil companies are employing costly methods such as gas injection, chemical injection, and thermal techniques to enhance oil production in large oil fields. In smaller fields, however, these methods, including waterflooding, are often too costly, leaving operators few options to enhance recovery. The US has an abundance of small oil fields. These fields contain more than 340,00...

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