Time-lapse characterization of the Niobrara reservoir from multicomponent seismic data, Wattenberg field, Colorado
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The Niobrara Formation has been responsible for the majority of oil production from the Wattenberg Field since its discovery in 1974 (Higley and Cox (2007)). Due to the low porosity and permeability associated with this tight formation, horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing has been the standard completion strategy in the field since 2010. The main areas of focus in this thesis include characterizing the natural fracture network within the Niobrara which contributes to permeability, the induced fracture network created through hydraulic stimulation, and the in-situ stress state which ...