Title:

Design Considerations for Applying Multi-Zonal Isolation Techniques in Horizontal Wells in a Geothermal Setting

Authors:

Jeffrey OLSON, Chad AUGUSTINE, Alfred EUSTES, William FLECKENSTEIN

Key Words:

horizontal well, well completions, multi-zonal isolation, EGS, unconventional shale, plug and perf, port and packer

Conference:

Stanford Geothermal Workshop

Year:

2015

Session:

Enhanced Geothermal Systems

Language:

English

Paper Number:

Olsen

File Size:

384 KB

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Abstract:

The petroleum industry has had considerable success in recent decades in developing unconventional shale plays using horizontal drilling and multi-zonal isolation and stimulation techniques to fracture tight formations to enable the commercial production of oil and gas. Similar well completions could be used in Enhanced Geothermal Systems (EGS) to create multiple fractures from horizontal wells. However, the technologies and techniques from the petroleum industry would have to be adapted to accommodate the higher temperatures, high water production injection and flow rates, and large-diameter completions encountered in geothermal settings. This study assesses whether well completion techniques used in the unconventional shale industry to create multi-stage fractures can be applied to an enhanced geothermal system, with a focus on the completion of the EGS injection well. Several zonal isolation systems commonly used in the shale gas industry, such as “plug and perf” and “port and packer” systems, were evaluated. A review of technologies used in these systems was performed to determine if commercially available equipment from the petroleum industry could be used at the temperatures, pressures, and sizes encountered in geothermal settings. The study found no major technical barriers to employing shale gas multi-zonal completion techniques in a horizontal well in a geothermal setting for EGS development.


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