Full Name

2012 Unconventional Resources

Connectivity between fractures and pores in hydrocarbon-rich mudrocks

Subcontractor: The University of Texas at Austin

Principal Investigator: Hugh Daigle
Project Number Project Status
12122-52 Completed
RPSEA Project Manager: Steve Henry
Period of Performance
Start Date End Date
June 25, 2014 June 24, 2016
Total Project Cost RPSEA Share Cost Share
$1,030,386.00 $813,801.00 $206,281.00
Project Objectives

The objective of this project is to determine the degree to which fracture systems induced prior to production form a network of connected flow pathways that access the surrounding matrix porosity. Both laboratory experiments and numerical simulation will be employed to understand fracture system development and characterization. This will require defining the rock properties and stress conditions necessary for these fracture systems to develop, and characterizing the size and distribution of fracture systems that do develop, as well as characterizing the unfractured matrix microstructure around factures. The overall goal is to develop targeted methods for determining where the best production results within a mudrock reservoir may be expected and methods for exploiting favorable rock properties to enhance production rates and recovery.


File Name File Type Date
Hydrocarbon-rich Mudrocks Tech Status Assessment 07/14
Connectivity between Fractures and Pores in Hydrocarbon-Rich Mudrocks Final Report 06/16