Unconventional Resources

 

 

 

Overview

To provide an overview of unconventional hydrocarbons resources, highlighting main technical, economic and environmental issues of shale gas exploration and production.

 

Designed for

 

Students, geoscientists, reservoir engineers, development project engineers and managers interested in shale gas resources.

 

Course content

 

 

  • World energy demand and shale gas:

 

Introduction, definitions, world data resources

 

  • Hydrocarbons in unconventional settings:

 

Exploration aspects: geology and geochemistry

 

  • Shale gas stimulation:

 

Hydraulic fracturing, micro-seismicity interpretation, stress and mapping of fractures

Status on fracturing technologies

Completion design, well orientation, spacing, re-fracturing, fracture load recovery, tracers

 

  • Shale gas petrophysics:

 

Status of petrophysical evaluation

Shale gas resources

Evaluation of resources (in place and technically recoverable)

Methodology

 

  • Productivity and field development

 

Well productivity assessment

Field Development (Case Study and exercises)

Establish well pattern

Establish the plateau rate and duration

Build Field Development spread-sheet

 

  • Economics

 

Field development economics

Production costs

 

  • Environmental impact

 

Handling of important volumes of water for frac and treatment

Impact on aquifers by drilling and fracturing

High number of drilling sites

Use of chemicals

 

TOTAL DURATION OF TECHNICAL COURSES: 5 days

Location: Sfax, Tunisia