Shale Engineering Leverages a Large Investment….
Posted by D Nathan Meehan March 4, 2011

Shale Engineering Supports a Billion Dollar Investment in Montney Shale Play

Baker Hughes RDS shale engineering models establish viability of Farrell Creek project

I generally use original content in the blog, but today I would like to draw your attention to a case study from Baker Hughes. It is a good example of how interdisciplinary teams can collaborate to help an operator generate real value.

An operator sought an independent assessment of a Montney shale play in the Farrell Creek area of British Colombia. Talisman hoped to not only to develop a shale play within the 51,000 acre reserve, but to also investigate the economic viability of a gas-to-liquids fuels plant in western Canada.

Baker Hughes Reservoir Development Services (RDS) used a multidisciplinary team of experts, including Gaffney, Cline & Associates (GCA) consultants, geomechanical experts, and experts from the Baker Hughes geosciences and pressure pumping groups to assess the technical merits of the play. The integrated RDS team supplied experts covering disciplines in geophysics, geology, petrophysics, reservoir engineering, drilling, completions, facilities and related costs, as well as knowledge of the gas-to-liquids industry.

Assessment efforts included evaluating the shale gas potential at the subsurface, the surface, and infrastructure levels, and providing a comprehensive technical evaluation. RDS, along with their affiliates, efficiently addressed complex technical and logistical issues in-depth, using their established “shale engineering” approach. Additionally RDS supplied geomechanical and reservoir simulation models that are better suited to predict long-term shale production performance compared to the usual “type curve” approaches. From the RDS integrated assessment, the client was able to properly assess the reserve and enter a partnership for a commercially viable play.

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