Evaluating and Developing Shale Resources - SRE

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This course will cover current practices for evaluating, drilling and completing these challenging reservoirs. Discussion will include a focus on the limitations of many of the current tools and technologies. Information and opportunities for international shale plays will be described. The participant should leave the course with a foundational understanding of value-adding shale gas resource practices and an insight into determining the critical reservoir parameters used to predict a potential commercial resource play.

Reservoir, production and completion engineers, petrophysicists, geologists, geophysicists and other professionals who desire a thorough overview of both current and emerging concepts, technologies and processes related to shale gas and shale oil resource development.

You will Learn:

Participants will learn how to:

  • Describe the resource potential and economic importance of shale gas and shale oil resources
  • Describe the similarities / differences between shale gas, tight gas and coalbed methane
  • Recognize and describe shale play differences and critical reservoir properties to identify the "sweet spots"
  • Estimate Gas and Oil in place for resource plays
  • Apply different resource evaluation techniques recognizing the advantages & disadvantages of each technique
  • Apply drilling, completion and stimulation technology to shale gas and shale oil formations
  • Evaluate and forecast individual well and reservoir performance
  • Determine how to estimate well reserves in both PDP (proved developed producing) and PUD (proved undeveloped) categories.

Course Content:

  • Reservoir Characterization and Evaluation: geological setting; rock properties; petrophysical considerations
  • Drilling: vertical vs. horizontal wells; pilot holes; fluids; MWD and LWD; wellbore sizes and lateral; drilling challenges; mechanical considerations
  • Completions: cased vs. open hole; perforation schemes; stimulation design and considerations; case histories
  • Field trials and pilots: strategies for implementing a pilot program to optimize well drilling, completion, stimulation and producing alternatives using microseismic, fiber optics, production logs and other resources
  • Production Forecasting and Reserve Calculations: volumetrics; performance analysis; simulation; resource development; decline curve analysis; handling uncertainty in estimates

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