142729 – Optimisation of Completions in Unconventional Reservoirs for Higher Recovery

Summary

Over the last decade, an industry wide shift to unconventional plays has occurred due to advances in technology allowing for the recovery of previously uneconomic reserves. The primary objective of completions in these unconventional reservoirs is to increase the effective surface area of the well to maximize reservoir contact. This paper provides an introduction to unconventional reservoirs, describes the main methods of horizontal, multi-stage completions, and discusses how the choice of method can affect good fracturing practices as well as long-term production. Case study examples are presented from a variety of unconventional reservoirs including shale, tight sandstone and tight carbonate formations.