Understanding natural fracture systems is key for tight carbonate plays, in which production is dependent on secondary interconnected porosity networks. Locating geographic areas and stratigraphic sections with high natural fracture density and optimizing well locations and perforations to connect these fractures can enhance well performance and asset value. There is substantial production variation in the Cretaceous stacked carbonate play in East Texas, despite similarities in well completion and perforated intervals. Petrophysical property models did not explain the significant variation in well production; therefore, we have developed a multidisciplinary workflow combining seismic and log data with the goal of identifying faulting and natural fractures and understanding their effect on production. We used seismic discontinuity to map faults as the main indicator of presence of fractures. We calibrated triple combo logs with an image log to generate an indicator curve to identify natural fractures. The fracture indicator curve provided a good prediction of where natural fractures may occur, and discontinuity maps revealed a good correlation to well production. Furthermore, we concluded that drilling too closely to large faults negatively impacted production and correlated with increased water production. The workflow developed here can be used to optimize well placement in the stacked carbonate play of Madison County, Texas, and it can be applied to other fractured carbonate reservoirs.

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