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Unconventional Gas Reservoirs

Faculty & Researchers

Jef Caers

Professor, Geological Sciences
Email: jcaers@stanford.edu

Jeremy Dahl

Physical Science Research Associate, SIMES
Email: dahl@stanford.edu

Lou Durlofsky

Professor, Energy Resources Engineering
Email: lou@stanford.edu

Steve Graham

Dean-Academic, School of Earth, Energy and Environmental Sciences
Email: stephan.graham@stanford.edu

Tony Kovscek (Focus Area Leader)

Postdoctoral Researcher, Energy Resources Engineering
Email: kovscek@stanford.edu

Tapan Mukerji

Assoc Professor-Research, Energy Resources Engineering
Email: mukerji@stanford.edu

Roland Horne

Professor, Energy Resources Engineering
Email: Roland.Horne@stanford.edu

Allegra Hosford Scheirer

Physical Sci Res Scientist, Geological Sciences
Email: allegras@stanford.edu

Hamdi Tchelepi

Professor, Energy Resources Engineering
Email: tchelepi@stanford.edu
Mark Zoback

Mark Zoback (Focus Area Leader)

Director of the Natural Gas Initiative is the Benjamin M. Page Professor in the Department of Geophysics in Stanford’s School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences
Email: zoback@stanford.edu

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Project Topics

SUPRI-B is dedicated to research and development of advanced numerical techniques that enhance the value of reservoir simulation technology. Educating and developing the future leaders in the broad field of reservoir simulation and the wider energy industry are integral to the SUPRI-B mission.

Our aim is to develop efficient software tools for the optimization of oil field development and operations. This includes data assimilation, fast simulation, model updating, and optimal control. Techniques being developed by our group are essential for the success of Smart Fields, also known in by names such as i-fields, e-fields, Field of the Future, etc. Optimal control can be implemented in existing fields at any stage of their development and in new fields. We have demonstrated that traditional approaches for developing and operating oil and gas fields are rarely optimal. The positional gains of deploying these new technologies are very significant.

SCERF provides research in the exploration, evaluation & development of Earth Resources, whether Energy, Water or Minerals. Its mission is to provide solutions for such problems from data acquisition to decision analysis. We focus on developing state-of-the-art data scientific methods for the integration of spatial data over many scales, the quantification of uncertainty of subsurface systems, the value of information of data sources in the context of decision-making purposes.

Teaching and Research within the SRB Project are aimed at understanding the physical properties of Earth materials, and how those properties evolve under in conditions of stress, pore fluid pressure, and temperature.

SUPRI-A focuses on education and research for the recovery of unconventional hydrocarbons. Its mission is twofold: First, the next generation of energy resource engineers is educated and trained. Second, we research a spectrum of techniques relevant to the production of unconventional resources containing heavy oil, light oil, and gas. This spectrum includes optimal primary recovery, an understanding of secondary recovery options, gas injection methods such as steam, air, and carbon dioxide, and chemical methods to augment water or gas injection. Steam injection, in-situ combustion, CO2 injection and other methods of enhancing recovery are developed and employed. A suite of recovery methods is reflected here to address the broad range of flow, rock, and geomechanical characteristics of unconventional hydrocarbon resources. This research has near-, mid-, and long-term.

SUPRI-D investigates and supports novel approaches to the interpretation of oil, gas, geothermal, and water well tests. Backed by a wealth of information thanks to modern computerization and Big Data, well test analysis and design have greatly increased the reliability of test results for far less cost.

The Stress and Crustal Mechanics Group uses knowledge of the state of stress in the Earth and the mechanical properties of Earth materials to investigate a variety of geophysical problems. These problems cover a variety of scales, ranging from pore-scale processes and the mechanical behavior of reservoir-scale to the strength of the lithosphere and the mechanics of major plate-bounding faults such as the San Andreas. Our group conducts basic and applied research in the areas of reservoir geomechanics, and the physics of friction and faulting. We treat the Earth's crust as a natural laboratory, using a combination of stress and strain data obtained from boreholes, GPS measurements, and earthquake focal mechanisms to test theories about the behavior of the lithosphere. Our group is heavily engaged in applying these methodologies toward optimization of production from gas shale research and CO2 sequestration.

Related Publications

Significance of Well Orientation on Cumulative Production From Wells in the Bakken Region Unconventional Resources Technology Conference Erfan Rostami, Naomi Boness, Mark D. Zoback 07/2020; : PDF icon URTeC 2020 - Significance of Well Orientation on Cumulative Production From Wells in the Bakken Region.pdf
Unconventional Reservoir Geomechanics: Shale Gas, Tight Oil, and Induced Seismicity Mark D. Zoback , Arjun H. Kohli 07/2019; :
The Effect of Voidage-Displacement Ratio on Critical Gas Saturation SPE Journal Kim, T., Kovscek, A. R. 02/2019; :
A systematic study of internal gas generation in shale source rocks using analog experiments Journal of Petroleum & Science Engineering Vega, B., Kovscek, A. R. 02/2019; :
The relation between stimulated shear fractures and production in the Barnett shale: Implications for unconventional oil and gas reservoirs SEG Hakso, A., Zoback, M. D. 10/2019; :