Why exploring unconventional reservoir continues to offer more opportunities? Reservoir analysis of unconventional plays is based on same principles and workflows as in conventional plays, but requires additional specialized knowledge. The flow regime, fluid properties, and petro physics in unconventional reservoir vary from conventional reservoir. The well stimulation (i.e. fracking) and completion technology need to be separately designed for these types of reservoirs. Due to continuously growing energy demand, operators are now developing more complex and costly unconventional oil & gas plays. Understanding the geo-mechanical behavior of such systems throughout the production lifetime then becomes inevitable. Planning successful completions and production of unconventional plays requires a detailed knowledge of reservoirs heterogeneity and anisotropy. Reservoir analysis services aids to understand these effects by measuring and modeling horizontal and vertical variations in mineralogical and mechanical properties, as well as the distribution and characterization of faults and natural fractures that influence hydraulic fracturing and production rates.
Why identifying small scale reservoir compartments remain a major challenge? Reservoir compartments deal with faults, fractures, and thin layers in any reservoir. Reservoir compartmentalization can be caused by sealing faults or depositional discontinuities in any reservoir. It can have an adverse effect on oil or gas recovery factors by reducing the efficiency of production well. Many under-performing field developments had unidentified compartments as a root cause. Thus, it is a huge challenge for reservoir analysis market to characterize reservoir compartments as early as possible. One factor which leads to reservoir compartmentalization is disequilibrium in the fluid system in different parts of the reservoir, caused by variations in pressure, fluid contacts, fluid chemicals, or physical properties.
Key players in the reservoir analysis market include Schlumberger Limited (U.S.), Halliburton Company (U.S.), Baker Hughes Incorporated (U.S.), Weatherford International, PLC (Switzerland), Roxar Software Solutions AS (Norway), SGS SA (Switzerland), Core Laboratories (U.S.), ALS Oil & Gas (Australia), CGG SA (France), Expro International Group Holding, Ltd. (U.K.), and Trican Well Service Limited (Canada) among others.
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