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E-356 - Unconventional Resources - Shale Gas Fundamentals

  • Geoscientists, reservoir engineers, petroleum engineers, development project engineers and managers interested in shale gas resources.
  • This course provides an overview of unconventional hydrocarbons resources, highlighting main technical, economic and environmental issues of shale gas exploration and production.
Learning Objectives
  • Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to:
  • discuss the fundamentals of gas shale formation evaluation,
  • discuss about assessment and improvement of productivity of unconventional developments,
  • discuss about economic and environmental issues of unconventional developments.
  • No prerequisites for this course.
Ways and means
  • Interactive courses and exercises.
  • Videos.
Kindly refer also to complementary courses which might be of interest: “Hydrocarbons in Unconventional Settings” (E-152), “Unconventional Reservoirs Completion and Stimulation” (E-468).

World energy demand & shale gas 0.5 day
  • Introduction, definitions, world data resources.
Hydrocarbons in unconventional settings 1 day
  • Exploration aspects: geology and geochemistry.
Shale gas stimulation 1 day
  • 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 0.5 day
  • Status of petrophysical evaluation of shale gas accumulations.
Shale gas resources 0.5 day
  • Evaluation of resources (in place and technically recoverable) - Methodology.
Productivity & field development 0.5 day
  • Well productivity assessment.
  • Field development case study:
  • Establish well pattern.
  • Estimate the plateau rate and duration.
  • Build field development spread-sheet.
Economics 0.5 day
  • Economics of development of shale gas - Production costs.
Environmental impact 0.5 day
  • Discussions around controversial issues:
  • Impact on water resources by handling large volumes of wate. Water treatment.
  • Impact on aquifers by drilling and fracturing.
  • Environmental impact of shale gas drilling projects.
  • Environmental impact of chemicals.