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Since the beginning of the US shale gas revolution in 2005, the development of unconventional oil and gas resources has gathered tremendous pace around the world. This book provides a comprehensive overview of the key geologic, geophysical, and engineering principles that govern the development of unconventional reservoirs. The book begins with a detailed characterization of unconventional reservoir rocks: their composition and microstructure, mechanical properties, and the processes controlling fault slip and fluid flow. A discussion of geomechanical principles follows, including the state of stress, pore pressure, and the importance of fractures and faults. After reviewing the fundamentals of horizontal drilling, multi-stage hydraulic fracturing, and stimulation of slip on pre-existing faults, the key factors impacting hydrocarbon production are explored. The final chapters cover environmental impacts and how to mitigate hazards associated with induced seismicity. This text provides an essential overview for students, researchers, and industry professionals interested in unconventional reservoirs.Read more
- Provides a comprehensive overview of unconventional resources from nanometer scale pores to sedimentary basins with a scale of 100's of kilometres, allowing the reader to understand the full range of critical geologic and engineering issues
- Intended for a wide audience from diverse technical disciplines, the book will allow engineers to learn key issues of seismology, seismologists to learn about geology, and geologists to learn about engineering
- Written by expert authors from Stanford University, this will be an authoritative text on unconventional reservoirs for students, researchers and industry professionals
Reviews & endorsements
'Zoback and Kohli’s thoughtful and comprehensive examination of the critical role that geomechanics plays in unlocking the potential of unconventional reservoirs is a powerful resource for any engineer or geoscientist working in this arena.' Peter H. Hennings, University of TexasSee more reviews
'In this timely and important book, Zoback and Kohli draw on over ten years of research to describe in detail the full breadth of impact that geomechanics has on unconventional reservoir development. This book will benefit all involved with the fast-moving field of applied geomechanics, providing a good grounding of the basics to those new to the field, and new insights to current practitioners.' Steve Willson, Apache Corporation
'This book is sorely needed, long overdue, and should be required reading for both academics and industry professionals working in the unconventional reservoir space. While focused on geomechanics, the book contains information relevant to all aspects of the development of unconventional reservoirs, ranging from basin analysis and sweet spot identification to risk assessment associated with hydraulic fracturing and produced water injection. This book addresses some misconceptions about the mechanical properties of unconventional shales, and challenges common assumptions regarding the variation in horizontal stress as a function of depth. Perhaps most importantly, the book provides practical advice for optimizing the stimulation of unconventional reservoirs.' Paul Hagin, Chevron Corporation
27th Aug 2019 by PastorMartins
A very comprehensive, practical book for understanding induced seismicity and developing effective strategies for effective unconventional reservoir exploration and management. It teaches fundamentals/principles vital to understanding induced seismicity, and to ensure smart, safe, and successful exploration and development of unconventional reservoirs. The principles discussed are clear, easy to understand and apply for effective exploration, management, and optimization of unconventional reservoir recovery.
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- Date Published: May 2019
- format: Hardback
- isbn: 9781107087071
- length: 492 pages
- dimensions: 255 x 180 x 24 mm
- weight: 1.14kg
- contains: 273 b/w illus. 30 maps 19 tables
- availability: In stock
Table of Contents
Part I. Physical Properties of Unconventional Reservoirs:
2. Composition, fabric, elastic properties and anisotropy
3. Strength and ductility
4. Frictional properties
5. Pore networks and pore fluids
6. Flow and sorption
7. Stress, pore pressure, fractures and faults
Part II. Stimulating Production from Unconventional Rservoirs:
8. Horizontal drilling and multi-stage hydraulic fracturing
9. Reservoir seismology
10. Induced shear slip during hydraulic fracturing
11. Geomechanics and stimulation optimization
12. Production and depletion
Part III. Environmental Impacts and Induced Seismicity:
13. Environmental impacts and induced seismicity
14. Managing the risk of injection-induced seismicity
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