Research on the influence of strike-slip fault slippage on production casing and control methods and engineering application during multistage fracturing in deep shale gas wells

Yan Xi, Jiwei Jiang, Jun Li, Han Li, Dewei Gao
2021 Energy Reports  
Shear deformation often occurs during multistage fracturing of shale gas worldwide, increasing the operation cost of gas well completion and lowering the well's productivity; strike-slip fault slippage is thought to be a crucial underlying factor. This paper presents a detailed analysis of the influence of strike-slip fault slippage on casing inner diameter and establishes a technique for predicting casing inner diameter after fault slippage. Numerical simulation models were developed to
more » ... e the process of fault slippage and calculate changes in the inner diameters of the casing, considering different engineering and geological conditions. The influential factors, including the fault strike angle, slip distance, radius-thickness ratio, and mechanical properties of the formation, were analyzed in engineering practice; the simulation results were shown to be consistent. Four methods, including adjusting the wellbore trajectory of shale gas horizontal wells, avoiding perforation at the formation interface, decreasing the fracturing parameters including the fracturing pressure, discharge capacity, volume of injecting fracturing fluid, and prediction of casing inner diameter after casing shear deformation, were proposed and verified through engineering application and theoretical calculation, respectively.
doi:10.1016/j.egyr.2021.05.039 fatcat:sngdbxtrnje3hbkp422wmqoepu