Meyer floats consortium on Marcellus shale fracture modeling

Move seeks to ‘collapse learning curve’ of hydraulic fracturing in emerging major gas province.

Meyer & Associates, Inc. is floating the idea of a consortium of energy companies active in the Marcellus Shale to form the Marcellus Shale Fracture Technology Consortium (MSFTC). The objective of the consortium is to assist in collapsing the ‘learning curve’ in hydraulic fracturing practices in the Marcellus Shale. This will help lead to optimal well production, increased estimated ultimate recovery and maximized economic returns for its contributors.

Meyer has also just released its new ‘MShale’ application, a specialized fracturing simulator designed to simulate multiple, cluster, and discrete type fractures in shale and coal bed methane formations. Discrete fractures in naturally fractured or faulted formations can be modeled by specifying a fracture network grid to simulate fracture propagation in the major vertical, minor vertical, and horizontal fracture planes. MShale can also be used as a diagnostic tool to compare Discrete Fracture Network (DFN) numerical results with microseismic data. More from

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