novel scheme is presented in this paper for hydraulic fracturing design, which integrates reservoir properties, operational limitations, fracture growth control requirements, reservoir production behaviour, and investment-return cash flow behaviour in deciding on the optimum values of various treatment parameters. The capability and robustness of the optimization scheme is demonstrated by applications to a tight gas reservoir for which various designs are obtained: maximum NPV design, maximum production design, a target production design, and a compromised design. Optimum designs are found to be different for different objective functions. It is demonstrated that maximization of NPV, or production, involves a high treatment cost, which can be minimized further by solving a combined objective function, but at the expense of some NPV or production. By trade-off analysis between production/NPV and treatment cost, 44% of treatment cost saving is indicated at the expense of only a 12% sacrifice in production/NPV. Various other design issues are investigated by sensitivity analyses.
|Journal||Journal of Canadian Petroleum Technology|
|Volume||42, No. 6|
|Issue number||June 2003|
|Publication status||Published - 2003|
Rahman, M. M., Rahman, M. K., & Rahman, S. S. (2003). Optimizing Treatment Parameters for Enhanced Hydrocarbon Production by Hydraulic Fracturing. Journal of Canadian Petroleum Technology, 42, No. 6(June 2003), 38-46.