To be the first mover is a significant advantage in the race to obtain core acreage for shale development. To have the detailed knowledge of the prospectivity of an area before acquiring leases or permits is paramount and provides a competitive edge in obtaining the acreage with the highest production potential.
CGG offers a full suite of technologies and services to provide your New Ventures team with an early assessment of prospectivity using petrophysical,geological and geophysical data to help you to target areas with the most potential for development.
We offer the following services to support new ventures & prospectivity evaluation of shale resources:
Production rates can be highly variable across shale plays, so adopting an approach that incorporates a more thorough understanding of the reservoir and being able to zoom in on the most lucrative opportunities is key. Building a robust geological framework which integrates all the relevant data will allow you to high-grade prospects and acreage, identify hazards and mitigate risk through the exploration & appraisal cycle.
We use all the legacy geological & geophysical information available to aid the design of a reservoir-oriented survey that will yield high-quality data customized to the requirements of your shale acreage. With advanced planning, we can acquire the optimum data for reservoir characterization and ‘sweet spot’ identification.
The industry has moved quickly to adopt new technology for drilling and completion. But as the associated costs increase, so does the break-even. Reservoir understanding is the key to getting the most from your drilling and completion investment.
The productivity of shale reservoirs can vary rapidly over short distances, so detailed reservoir petrophysical and geomechanical models are critical to planning the optimum location and trajectory of the wellbore and parameters for completion programs.
Our integarted geoscience approach can predict the best locations within a reservoir for well placement, based on a field-proven workflow that deliver advanced reservoir models to help optimize development drilling plans.
By gaining a better understanding of the factors controlling reservoir quality and exploitation potential, predictive models can be developed to explain well performance through subsurface heterogeneity and mitigate potential geohazards.
We help our clients to reduce the risk of drilling uneconomic wells and can advise on the most efficient well placements and provide input to completion optimization programs:
Shale development is capital-intensive and margins can be low, so optimizing well performance during the development and production cycle is a necessity. With up to 60% of all fracture stages being ineffective there are huge opportunities for improvement if we can better understand the reservoir.
By maximizing reservoir contact of the well bore and precisely placing fracture stages so that every frac counts, operators can improve cost and efficiency to help wells reach their production targets on budget.
Starting from a development plan where well placement and trajectories have been optimized using lithological and geomechanical reservoirs models to target production sweet spots, we can provide a suite of services to maximize the performance of each well:
These further insight into the reservoir are used to validate and calibrate the models and to refine the parameters for the next wells and completions.
This comprehensive range of services gives us the ability to continuously improve reservoir knowledge throughout the development and production cycle, so that operators can increase their Estimated Ultimate Recovery by continuously improving their drilling and completion programs.