Unconventional Reservoir Geomechanics

Shale Gas, Tight Oil, and Induced Seismicity

by Mark D. Zoback, Arjun H. Kohli

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  • 9781107087071
  • 9781108658140
  • 9781108653114
Since the beginning of the US shale gas revolution in 2005, the development of unconventional oil and gas resources has gathered tremendous pace around the world. This book provides a comprehensive overview of the key geologic, geophysical, and engineering principles that govern the development of unconventional reservoirs. The book begins with a detailed characterization of unconventional reservoir rocks: their composition and microstructure, mechanical properties, and the processes controlling fault slip and fluid flow. A discussion of geomechanical principles follows, including the state of stress, pore pressure, and the importance of fractures and faults. After reviewing the fundamentals of horizontal drilling, multi-stage hydraulic fracturing, and stimulation of slip on pre-existing faults, the key factors impacting hydrocarbon production are explored. The final chapters cover environmental impacts and how to mitigate hazards associated with induced seismicity. This text provides an essential overview for students, researchers, and industry professionals interested in unconventional reservoirs.

  • Cambridge University Press; May 2019
  • ISBN: 9781108658140
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  • Title: Unconventional Reservoir Geomechanics
  • Author: Mark D. Zoback; Arjun H. Kohli
  • Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Subject categories
ISBNs
  • 9781107087071
  • 9781108658140
  • 9781108653114

In The Press

'Zoback and Kohli's thoughtful and comprehensive examination of the critical role that geomechanics plays in unlocking the potential of unconventional reservoirs is a powerful resource for any engineer or geoscientist working in this arena.' Peter H. Hennings, University of Texas

Subject categories
ISBNs
  • 9781107087071
  • 9781108658140
  • 9781108653114