How much stimulated reservoir volume and induced matrix permeability could enhance unconventional reservoir performance

Al-Rbeawi S.

JOURNAL OF NATURAL GAS SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING, vol.46, pp.764-781, 2017 (Peer-Reviewed Journal) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 46
  • Publication Date: 2017
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.jngse.2017.08.017
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded, Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.764-781
  • Keywords: Unconventional reservoirs, Stimulated reservoir volume, Stimulated matrix permeability, Fractured formations, Reservoir modeling, Reservoir performance


This paper investigates the impacts of stimulated reservoir volume (SRV) on reservoir performance for unconventional hydraulically fractured formations. It focuses also on the effects of different petrophysical properties of SRV as well as different volume and petrophysical properties of unstimulated part of porous media (USRV). The influences of hydraulic fracture conductivity, fracture assymmetricity, and non-Darcy flow permeability in reservoir pressure profile have been substantially studied in this paper. Stimulated reservoir volume represents the volume of porous media where complex network structures formed from naturally induced fractures, multiple hydraulic fractures, and original matrix. SRV is characterized by an induced or a stimulated matrix permeability which is typically greater than the original matrix permeability. The formations of interest, in this study, are considered having either stimulated reservoir volume only or both stimulated and un-stimulated reservoir volumes and depleted by multiple hydraulic fractures controlled by non-Darcy flow.