Production Performance Evaluation of Multi-Fractured Horizontal Wells in Shale Oil Reservoirs: An Analytical Method

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Xingbang Meng

Changjiang Road 66 Huangdao Qingdao, Shandong 266580 China mengxingbang@upc.edu.cn

Jiexiang Wang

Changjiang Road 66 Huangdao Qingdao, Shandong 266580 China 20170049@upc.edu.cn

1Corresponding author.

Contributed by the Petroleum Division of ASME for publication in the Journal of Energy Resources Technology. Manuscript received March 3, 2019; final manuscript received May 5, 2019; published online xx xx, xxxx. Assoc. Editor: Gensheng Li.

ASME doi:10.1115/1.4043747 History: Received March 03, 2019; Accepted May 07, 2019


Hydraulic fracturing stimulation has become a routine for the development of shale oil and gas reservoirs, which creates large volumes of fracturing networks helping the hydrocarbon to transport quickly into the wellbore. However, the optimal fracture spacing distance and fracture conductivity are still unclear for the field practice, even though the technique has improved significantly over the last several years. In this work, an analytical method is proposed to address it. Firstly, the analytical production rate for a single fracture is proposed, then we apply Duhamel principle to obtain the production rate of a horizontal well with multi-fractures. Based on this model, the flow regimes and essential affecting factors including fracture-spacing, fracture conductivity and skin factor are analyzed in this work. The optimal values and suggestion are provided based on the simulation results.

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