A Workflow to Predict the Present-day in-situ Stress Field in Tectonically Stable Regions

Wei Ju (Key Laboratory of Coalbed Methane Resources and Reservoir Formation Process, Ministry of Education, China University of Mining and Technology, Xuzhou, Jiangsu, 221008, China;School of Resources and Geosciences, China University of Mining and Technology, Xuzhou, Jiangsu, 221116, China)
Ke Xu (PetroChina Tarim Oilfield Company, Korla, Xinjiang, 841000, China)
Jian Shen (Key Laboratory of Coalbed Methane Resources and Reservoir Formation Process, Ministry of Education, China University of Mining and Technology, Xuzhou, Jiangsu, 221008, China;School of Resources and Geosciences, China University of Mining and Technology, Xuzhou, Jiangsu, 221116, China)
Chao Li (School of Resources and Geosciences, China University of Mining and Technology, Xuzhou, Jiangsu, 221116, China)
Guozhang Li (School of Resources and Geosciences, China University of Mining and Technology, Xuzhou, Jiangsu, 221116, China)
Haoran Xu (School of Resources and Geosciences, China University of Mining and Technology, Xuzhou, Jiangsu, 221116, China)
Shengyu Wang (School of Resources and Geosciences, China University of Mining and Technology, Xuzhou, Jiangsu, 221116, China)

Article ID: 1037

Abstract


Knowledge of the present-day in-situ stress distribution is greatly important for better understanding of conventional and unconventional hydrocarbon reservoirs in many aspects, e.g., reservoir management, wellbore stability assessment, etc. In tectonically stable regions, the present-day in-situ stress field in terms of stress distribution is largely controlled by lithological changes, which can be predicted through a numerical simulation method incorporating specific mechanical properties of the subsurface reservoir. In this study, a workflow was presented to predict the present-day in-situ stress field based on the finite element method (FEM). Sequentially, it consists of: i) building a three-dimensional (3D) geometric framework, ii) creating a 3D petrophysical parameter field, iii) integrating the geometric framework with petrophysical parameters, iv) setting up a 3D heterogeneous geomechanical model, and finally, v) calculating the present-day in-situ stress distribution and calibrating the prediction with measured stress data, e.g., results from the extended leak-off tests (XLOTs). The approach was successfully applied to the Block W in Ordos Basin of central China. The results indicated that the workflow and models presented in this study could be used as an effective tool to provide insights into stress perturbations in subsurface reservoirs and geological references for subsequent analysis.


Keywords


Present-day in-situ stress field; Tectonically stable region; Ordos Basin; Workflow; Geomechanical modeling

Full Text:

PDF

References


[1] Bell, J.S.. Petro geoscience 2. In situ stresses in sedimentary rocks (part 2): Applications of stress measurements. Geoscience Canada, 1996, 23(3): 135- 153.

[2] Bell, J.S.. In-situ stress and coal bed methane potential in Western Canada. Bulletin of Canadian Petroleum Geology, 2006, 54: 197-220.

[3] Binh, N.T.T., Tokunaga, T., Son, H.P., Binh, M.V.. Present-day stress and pore pressure fields in the Cuu Long and Nam Con Son Basins, offshore Vietnam. Marine and Petroleum Geology, 2007, 24: 607-615.

[4] Brooke-Barnett, S., Flottmann, T., Paul, P.K., Busetti, S., Hennings, P., Reid, R., Rosenbaum, G.. Influence of basement structures on in situ stresses over the Surat Basin, southeast Queensland. Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth, 2015, 120. DOI: 10.1002/2015JB011964

[5] Bustin, R.M., Cui, X., Chikatamarla, L.. Impacts of volumetric strain on CO2 sequestration in coals and enhanced CH4 recovery. AAPG Bulletin, 2008, 92: 15-29.

[6] Chitrala, Y., Moreno, C., Sondergeld, C., Rai, C.. An experimental investigation into hydraulic fracture propagation under different applied stresses in tight sands using acoustic emissions. Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering, 2013, 1208: 151-161.

[7] Finkbeiner, T., Zoback, M., Flemings, P., Stump, B.. Stress, pore pressure, and dynamically constrained hydrocarbon columns in the South Eugene Island 330 field, northern Gulf of Mexico. AAPG Bulletin, 2001, 85: 1007-1031.

[8] Fischer, K., Henk, A.. A workflow for building and calibrating 3-D geomechanical models – A case study for a gas reservoir in the North German Basin. Solid Earth, 2013, 4: 347-355.

[9] Kang, H., Zhang, X., Si, L., Wu, Y., Gao, F.. In-situ stress measurements and stress distribution characteristics in underground coal mines in China. Engineering Geology, 2010, 116: 333-345.

[10] Heidbach, O., Rajabi, M., Cui, X.F., Fuchs, K., Müller, B., Reinecker, J., Reiter, K., Tingay, M.,Wenzel, F., Xie, F.R., Ziegler, M.O., Zoback, M., Zoback, M.. The World Stress Map database release 2016: Crustal stress pattern across scales. Tectonophysics, 2018, 744: 484-498.

[11] Henk, A.. Pre-drilling prediction of the tectonic stress field with geomechanical models. First Break, 2005, 23: 53-57.

[12] Ju, W., Hou, G.T., Zhang, B.. Insights into the damage zones in fault-bend folds from geomechanical models and field data. Tectonophysics, 2014, 610: 182-194.

[13] Ju, W., Jiang, B., Miao, Q., Wang, J.L., Qu, Z.H., Li, M.. Variation of in situ stress regime in coal reservoirs, eastern Yunnan region, South China: Implications for coalbed methane production. AAPG Bulletin, 2018a, 102(11): 2283-2303.

[14] Ju, W., Li, Z.L., Sun, W.F., Xu, H.R.. In-situ stress orientations in the Xiagou tight oil reservoir of Qingxi Oilfield, Jiuxi Basin, northwestern China. Marine and Petroleum Geology, 2018b, 98: 258-269.

[15] Ju, W., Shen, J., Qin, Y., Meng, S.Z., Wu, C.F., Shen, Y.L., Yang, Z.B., Li, G.Z., Li, C.. In-situ stress state in the Linxing region, eastern Ordos Basin, China: Implications for unconventional gas exploration and production. Marine and Petroleum Geology, 2017, 86: 66-78.

[16] Ju, W., Yang, Z.B., Qin, Y., Yi, T.S., Zhang, Z.G.. Characteristics of in-situ stress state and prediction of the permeability in the Upper Permian coalbed methane reservoir, western Guizhou region, SW China. Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering, 2018c, 165: 199-211.

[17] Li, Y., Tang, D.Z., Xu, H., Yu, T.X.. In-situ stress distribution and its implication on coalbed methane development in Liulin area, eastern Ordos Basin, China. Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering, 2014, 122: 488-496.

[18] Liu, J.S., Ding, W.L., Yang, H.M., Wang, R.Y., Yin, S., Li, A., Fu, F.Q.. 3D geomechanical modeling and numerical simulation of in-situ stress fields in shale reservoirs: A case study of the lower Cambrian Niutitang formation in the Cen’gong block, South China. Tectonophysics, 2017, 712-713: 663-683.

[19] Rajabi, M., Sherkati, S., Bohloli, B., Tingay, M.. Subsurface fracture analysis and determination of in-situ stress direction using FMI logs: an example from the Santonian carbonates (Ilam Formation) in the Abadan Plain, Iran. Tectonophysics, 2010, 492: 192-200.

[20] Rajabi, M., Tingay, M., Heidbach, O.. The present-day stress field of New South Wales, Australia. Australian Journal of Earth Sciences, 2016, 63(1): 1-21.

[21] Sibson, R.. Crustal stress, faulting and fluid flow. In: Parnell, J. (eds.), Geofluids: Origin, Migration and Evolution of Fluids in Sedimentary Basins. Geological Society of London, Special Publication, 1994, 78: 69-84.

[22] Sperner, B., Müller, B., Heidbach, O., Delvaux, D., Reinecker, J., Fuchs, K.. Tectonic stress in the earth’s crust: advances in the World Stress Map project. In: Nieuwland, D.A. (eds.), New Insights in Structural Interpretation and Modelling. Geological Society of London, Special Publication, 2003, 212: 101-116. https://doi.org/10.1144/gsl.sp.2003.212.01.07

[23] Tingay, M, Hills, R.R., Morley, C.K., King, R.C., Swarbrick, R.E., Damit, A.R.. Present-day stress and neotectonics of Brunei: Implications for petroleum exploration and production. AAPG Bulletin, 2009, 93(1): 75-100.

[24] Yin, S., Ding, W.L., Zhou, W., Shan, Y.M., Xie, R.C., Guo, C.H., Cao, X.Y., Wang, R.Y., Wang, X.H.. In situ stress field evaluation of deep marine tight sandstone oil reservoir: A case study of Silurian strata in northern Tazhong area, Tarim Basin, NW China. Marine and Petroleum Geology, 2017, 80: 49-69.

[25] Zoback, M.D., Barton, C.A., Brudy, M., Castillo, D.A., Finkbeiner, T., Grollimund, B.R., Moos, D.B., Peska, P., Ward, C.D., Wiprut, D.J.. Determination of stress orientation and magnitude in deep wells. International Journal of Rock Mechanics and Mining Sciences, 2003, 40: 1049-1076.



DOI: https://doi.org/10.30564/jees.v1i2.1037

Refbacks

  • There are currently no refbacks.
Copyright © 2019 Author(s)


Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License.