ESG introduces new advanced microseismic analysis service for improved forecasting
CALGARY -- ESG Solutions has announced the introduction of a new advanced microseismic analysis service that describes hydrocarbon drainage as a result of hydraulic fracture stimulation.
The service was launched as a new component of the company's existing Seismic Moment Tensor Inversion (SMTI) Production Suite, a patent-pending process that helps clients to better understand reservoir processes, optimize completions and improve production from unconventional reservoirs.
"With any hydraulic fracture program, it's not enough to know where a reservoir has been stimulated or even how the fractures occurred if we can't link this activity directly to production," says Dr. Ted Urbancic, Executive Vice President of Global Energy Services at ESG.
Advanced moment tensor analysis of microseismic events describes the orientation of fractures generated in a reservoir, and whether their mechanisms are shear, tensile opening, closures or some combination thereof. However, further interpretation is required to determine whether these fractures will impact reservoir drainage.
In addition to better characterizing drainage volume, ESG's SMTI Production Suite offers a host of outputs linking advanced moment tensor results to reservoir processes. Advanced microseismic analyses based on moment tensor calculations are used to define discrete fracture networks within a reservoir and provide key inputs for reservoir models.
Commercially available since 2010, ESG's SMTI Production Suite has been used in numerous formations across North America including the Horn River, Marcellus, Barnett, Wolfberry, Granite Wash, Woodford, Montney, Duvernay and Cadomin.