“The Porosity and Permeablilty Response to Matrix Acidification in Oil and Gas Producing Mudstones"

Abstract:

 

Oil and gas-bearing shale formations have received a great deal of interest in recent years because they could make a significant contribution to global hydrocarbon production. However, their development is complicated by challenging completion strategies that were typically been addressed by “going big” during the hydraulic fracturing process. This strategy was broadly successful when production costs were low compared to price, but as margins narrow, more nuanced strategies that minimize production costs and promote longevity of production should become favorable.

 

Micro-seismicity and analog modeling have demonstrated that fracture propagation is controlled by a number of factors that include mudstone mineralogy, textures and density and distribution and orientation of natural fracture networks. This presentation will showcase some experimental studies on the impact of matrix acidizing, which is commonly used as a pre-flush to the hydraulic fracturing, and how it could impact completion strategies for shale formations.

Speaker Dr. Callum Hetherington, Dept. of Geosciences, Texas Tech University
Dept. of Geosciences, Texas Tech University (a) Professional Preparation Univ. of St. Andrews, United Kingdom                  Geoschemistry       B.Sc. (Hons), 1997 Univ. of Basel, Switzerland                                       Mineralogy            Ph.D., 2001   (b) Appointments 2014 – present           Texas Tech University, Associate Professor 2014 – present           Faculty Director, College of Arts & Sciences Electron Microscopy Facility ...

Dept. of Geosciences, Texas Tech University


(a) Professional Preparation


Univ. of St. Andrews, United Kingdom                  Geoschemistry       B.Sc. (Hons), 1997


Univ. of Basel, Switzerland                                       Mineralogy            Ph.D., 2001


 


(b) Appointments


2014 – present           Texas Tech University, Associate Professor


2014 – present           Faculty Director, College of Arts & Sciences Electron Microscopy Facility


2008 – 2014                Texas Tech University, Assistant Professor


2006                            University of Massachusetts, Lecturer in Mineralogy


2005 – 2006                University of Massachusetts, Post-Doctoral Research Fellow


2001 – 2004                University of Oslo, Post-Doctoral Research Fellow


 


(c) Professional Experience


2007 – 2008                Visiting Scientist, University of Western Ontario, Canada


2005                            Visiting Scientist, GeoForschungsZentrum, Potsdam, Germany


2001 – 2003                Research Assistant, Institute for Mineralogy & Petrology, Univ. Basel

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Organizer West Texas Geological Society

When?

Tue, Nov. 10, 2015
11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
(GMT-0500) US/Central

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Where?

Midland Country Club Upstairs Ballroom
6101 N. Highway 349
Midland, TX 79705
United States