Imaging Fractures and Fracture Systems to Assess Reservoir Properties

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Department of Energy
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Phase I
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Small Business Information
American Spectrum Engineering
19 Dartmouth Road, Morgantown, WV, 26505
Hubzone Owned:
Minority Owned:
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Principal Investigator:
Mr. William K. Overbey Jr
Senior Geoscientist
(304) 284-9144
Business Contact:
Mr. William K. Overbey Jr
(304) 284-9144
Research Institution:
50540-98-I Imaging Fractures and Fracture Systems to Assess Reservoir Properties--American Spectrum Engineering and Science Services, 5010 Grand Central Drive, Morgantown, WV 26505-4797; (304) 284-9144 Mr. William K. Overbey, Jr., Principal Investigator Mr. William K. Overbey Jr., Business Official DOE Grant No. DE-FG02-98ER82528 Amount: $74,694 Many fractured gas reservoirs could be produced in the United States and abroad if reserve assessments could be made. However, fractured gas reservoirs are often by-passed because reserve figures cannot be assigned to the reservoir to determine the economics of production. This project will collect, manipulate, and analyze multicomponent seismic data in order to develop, verify, and validate geological models that would predict the width and volume of fractures containing readily producible reserves in source/reservoir rocks such as the Devonian Shales. The utility of related seismic techniques will be evaluated as reconnaissance tools for fractured reservoirs. During Phase I, geology and tectonic history will be also reviewed to determine the types of fractures that should exist in the region. Remote sensing imagery and photography will be used to map surface expressions of the various fracture systems. Geophysical studies will examine the probability of detecting each type of fracture, specify the location and orientation of geophone sets to optimize data collection, and identify procedures required to interpret the data to detect the fractures and map them 3-dimensionally. Geologic models of the fractures will be proposed relating to differing genetic origins. Commercial Applications and Other Benefits as described by the awardee: A number fractured shale reservoirs in the United States would benefit from utilizing this methodology as a reconnaissance technique. The methodology is expected to be tested in Michigan, Texas, and Kansas in an attempt to commercialize the procedure._

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