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Integrated Geosciences and Engineering in Unconventional Oil and Gas Resources: Novel Insights and Challenges

  • Submission deadline: 27 May 2022
  • Lead Editor: Youwei He, Southwest Petroleum University, China
  • Guest Editors:
    • Bicheng Yan, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Saudi Arabia
    • Jingwei Huang, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
    • Kun Xie, Northeast Petroleum University, China
    • Yongzan Liu, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, USA
    • Shuangpo Ren, China University of Geosciences, China

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Unconventional oil and gas resources (e.g., shale gas, tight gas, shale oil, tight oil, heavy oil, oil sand, coalbed methane, natural gas hydrates) have attracted significant interest in the past few years. Despite the increasing growth in industry, it is still difficult to develop unconventional resources with high economic benefit. One main difficulty behind this is the complicated geological conditions of unconventional formations as well as the engineering techniques, including complex geological features (strong heterogeneity, complex fracture networks), complicated flow mechanisms, coupled physics, integrated completion and fracturing technologies, and high uncertainty.

Integrated Geosciences and Engineering has been acknowledged as a preferred strategy to achieve efficient development of unconventional oil and gas resources and has obtained success in commercial exploitation of tight gas/oil and shale gas/oil resources in recent years. Integrated Geosciences and Engineering focuses on the effective combination of geology, geophysics, geomechanics, logging, drilling and completion, reservoir engineering, fracturing, production, optimization, economics, environment and risk assessment, and management. However, improving the full integration of geosciences and engineering remains a big challenge to due to the complexity and uncertainty of geological models, drilling and completion quality, multi-stage fracturing, production and operation techniques, data quality, and management.

This Special Issue will focus on the recent advances, novel insights, and challenges in Integrated Geosciences and Engineering in unconventional oil and gas resources. Innovative laboratory, numerical, and field studies combined with Integrated Geosciences and Engineering are encouraged. We welcome both original research and review articles.

Potential topics include but are not limited to the following:

  • Reservoir characterization and sweet-spot prediction
  • In situ stress and pore pressure prediction
  • Pore structure characterization and modelling
  • Drilling and completion techniques
  • Fracturing design, monitoring, evaluation, and optimization
  • Complex fracture network modeling and history matching
  • Formation evaluation and production forecasts
  • EOR theory and methods
  • Carbon capture utilization and storage
  • Data quality control and uncertainty quantification
  • Application of machine learning
  • Management and policy
  • Environmental impact assessment of drilling, fracturing, and chemical EOR
  • Remediation of soil and water contaminated by petroleum production
  • Economics and risk assessment

Papers are published upon acceptance.

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