For the third year, Saudi Aramco participated in the Unconventional Resources Technology Conference (URTeC) held in San Antonio.
Since signaling a long term commitment to unconventionals just a few short years ago, the company’s unconventional gas program has shown the potential to complement future gas supply in Saudi Arabia. This is significant because unconventional gas is key to meeting growing energy needs.
Technical program participation
Serving on the URTeC Technical Program Committee, Gretchen Gillis from Aramco’s Houston-based Upstream team co-chaired a session “Emerging Plays II: Which Ones Will Make The Cut?” A series of papers exploring fracture complexity, brittleness and stress were moderated by the company's Gang Han, Petroleum Engineering Consultant and resident geomechanics expert during the session “Geomechanics of Hydraulic Fracturing: A Place Where Geology Meets Engineering.”
Petroleum engineers are increasingly relying on geomechanics to optimize hydraulic fracturing in order to capture oil and gas from unconventional reservoirs.
During the session “Rock Physics and Multiphase Flow,” a paper from the Aramco Research Center—Houston was presented by Daniel Georgi, Team Lead, Reservoir Engineering Technology, proposing a microwaving technique for testing the tensile strength, or maximum stress a rock can withstand before failing. The paper, “Measuring Tensile Strength of Unconventional Shales Using Microwaving,” attracted interest for its simple and rapid measurement technique. Rock strength is a critical parameter in modeling hydraulic fracturing.
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