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Canada / 2014 / Reservoir Characterization

Liquid-rich Montney reservoir required future facilities plan

Complex surface network with multiple gas delivery points

Model calibrated to match performance data and type curves

Model successfully used to make future facilities decisions

Challenge

  • An exploration and production (E&P) company required support with their field development planning in the Montney
  • Typically developed using multi-stage fracture horizontal wells with multiple wells per pad, the Montney is a very low-permeability reservoir with regions of liquid-rich gas production
  • The gas produced ultimately flows into a gathering network with both high- and low-pressure systems
  • The client required an integrated reservoir and network simulation model to design a best-fit future facilities plan for the field

Solution

  • Sproule experts developed a tight gas modelling workflow by building an integrated reservoir and gathering system simulation model, and then using the model to forecast and optimize numerous future development scenarios
  • This workflow provided the client with a tool for developing a future facilities plan that would maximize production at an optimal cost
  • An in-depth explanation of the workflow is available in the Sproule SPE paper that was presented at the Unconventional Resources Conference in October 2015

Value

  • Sproule provided the client with valuable information for their field development plan, including optimal pipeline and compressor sizing and timing, and well scheduling to accommodate the forecasted drilling activity in the area