Reservoir Evaluation and Development ›› 2019, Vol. 9 ›› Issue (5): 78-83.

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Network fracturing technology with low cost and high density for normal pressure shale gas

JIANG Tingxue1,2,SU Yuan1,2,BIAN Xiaobing1,2,MEI Zongqing3   

  1. 1. State Key Laboratory of Shale Oil and Gas Enrichment Mechanisms and Effective Development, Beijing 100101, China
    2. Sinopec Research Institute of Petroleum Engineering, Beijing 100101, China
    3. Sichuan Hwayoo Petroleum Drilling & Production Co., Ltd., Luzhou, Sichuan 646000, China
  • Received:2019-08-03 Online:2019-10-26 Published:2019-10-26


With the increasing demand for energy, shale gas, as a new type of unconventional natural gas resource, has attracted more and more attention. At present, the commercial development of high pressure shale gas reservoir in China has been successfully realized, but the efficient development technology of shale in deep layer and normal pressure shale is still in the exploratory stage. The normal pressure shale reservoirs in China are mainly located in the residual syncline outside the basin. The deformation degree of structure is strong, the formation pressure coefficient is between 0.9 and 1.3, the buried depth is generally shallow, the formation energy is insufficient, and the daily production of single well after fracturing is (1~5)×10 4m 3. All those problems result in the failure of commercial breakthrough so far. The fracturing technologies of high-pressure shale gas reservoirs have little effect in the process of normal-pressure shale reconstruction. Based on the difficult problems in the transformation of atmospheric shale gas wells, optimization has been carried out on many aspects such as the perforation mode, artificial fracture control and support technology, field construction technology and fracturing materials. The suitable network fracturing with high density is researched, and the multi-cluster fracture equilibrium extension and multi-scale artificial fracture network are preliminarily realized. The scheme has been tested in an normal pressure shale gas well of a certain shale gas block in southeast Chongqing, and good reconstruction effect has been obtained after fracturing.

Key words: normal pressure shale gas, horizontal well, high density, low cost, network fracturing

CLC Number: 

  • TE357