Currently, numerous oil and gas companies are directing their efforts toward the exploration and exploitation of the Duvernay Shale following extensive lease sales in 2010. Many companies are beginning pilot programs to acquire core, logs, and conduct preliminary stimulation operations. Companies either do not have or have limited rock property data that are crucial for understanding this potential reservoir. Therefore, in order to properly evaluate and explore the Duvernay Shale, appropriate types of rock property data need to be measured and integrated with log data, stimulation techniques, and production test information. These integrated data sets and case histories will provide operators with the critical parameters to optimize their exploitation of the Duvernay Shale and reduce finding and development costs.
The primary objective of this project is to provide operators with measured geological, petrophysical, geomechanical, geochemical, and production properties of the Duvernay Shale in order to improve their formation evaluation and to optimize stimulation and production. Our work suggests that understanding the similarities and differences in the section on a regional basis is the key to successful exploration and exploitation. The resultant database will be an invaluable tool to operators in evaluating, comparing, and designing completion and stimulation methods for the Duvernay Shale. Specifically, the project objectives are as follows: