Quantitative Understanding of Microseismicity for Characterization and Development of Hydrocarbon and Geothermal Reservoirs

Wednesday, May 13, 2015 - 10:15am - 11:05am
Keller 3-180
Serge Shapiro (Freie Universität Berlin)
Stimulation of rocks by borehole fluid injections belong to a standard development practice of hydrocarbon and geothermal reservoirs. Production of shale gas and of heavy oil, CO2 sequestrations, enhanced recovery of oil and of geothermal energy are branches that require broad applications of this technology. The fact that fluid injection causes seismicity has been well-established for several decades. Observations and modeling show that seismicity is triggered by different processes ranging from linear pore pressure diffusion to non-linear fluid impact onto rocks leading to their hydraulic fracturing and strong changes of their structure and permeability. I show that understanding and monitoring of fluid-induced seismicity can be used for hydraulic characterization of reservoirs, for assessments of reservoir stimulation and for controlling related seismic hazard. This presentation provides an overview of several theoretical, numerical, laboratory and field studies of fluid-induced microseismicity, and it gives an introduction into the principles of seismicity-based reservoir characterization.