Reservoir Characterization Project research featured in E&P Magazine

The Colorado School of Mines Reservoir Characterization Project (RCP) was featured in E&P magazine after presenting promising field results at the group’s annual spring meeting. RCP is is an industry-funded geophysical research consortium dedicated to the study of integrated reservoir characterization.

The spring meeting focused on results from the Wattenberg Field and performance within the Niobrara and Codell reservoirs, in a study was conducted with field sponsor Anadarko Petroleum Corp. The meeting brought together faculty and students from the Department of Geophysics, the Department of Geology and Geological Engineering, the Department of Petroleum Engineering and industry leaders to discuss research results and plan for future projects.

From the story:
“The RCP program seeks to connect student and industry to create a greater understanding of the stimulated reservoir volume and produced reservoir volume to guide future drilling and completions decisions and help diagnose and predict reservoir performance,” said Ali Tura, director of RCP and a professor of geophysics.
Another student, Jake Utley, presented a study to increase Wattenberg Field recovery. His report focused on Niobrara/Codell wells in the study area that are producing about 20 barrels of oil per day in a section, called “The Wishbone Section.”
“The Wishbone Section has 11 horizontal wells—four in Codell and seven in Niobrara—that were completed with zipper fracs where we had the tightest well spacing, we had the best production,” he said.
He said the RCP team is putting together a fully integrated dynamic simulation model to understand heterogeneity, structure and the dynamic effects for stimulation and production.
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