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Fault Analysis Using 3-D Data
Reduces Water Production,
H2S Risks In Delaware Basin
By Sandra Marek and Graham Spence
HOUSTON-Oil and gas production companies invest significant
amounts of capital in subsurface characterization, drilling and
completing unconventional reservoirs, but face a common challenge in the production process: mitigating high water cuts and
associated hydrogen sulfide.
In the Delaware Basin, where horizontal Wolfcamp and Bone
Spring wells commonly produce two or more barrels of water to
every barrel of oil, excess water and H2S production has resulted
in declining economic returns because of the cost of handling,
transporting and disposing of these byproducts. In today's challenging economic environment, it is more crucial than ever to
minimize operational expenditures while maximizing hydrocarbon
production from onshore unconventional resource plays.
To identify, evaluate and potentially mitigate against these
unwanted products, it is essential to understand water saturation
and H2S-bearing formations throughout the stratigraphic column,
how these formations communicate with zones targeted by the
lateral, and their respective effective stimulated rock volumes. Communication pathways may exist as faults or basin lineaments that
intersect the target reservoirs, or as man-made permeability pathways
created during the completion process that connect the oil-saturated
target formation with a water-wet or H2S-bearing formation.

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