Pore Pressure Prediction, Hydraulic Fracture Propagation and Huff-and-Puff Gas Injection in Multiple-Porosity Shale Reservoirs

Shale reservoirs store gigantic volumes of petroleum (oil and gas). However, because of the complex nature of the reservoir rock, it is difficult to recover the oil and/or gas stored in shales. Under normal conditions, it is possible to extract only as much as 10% of the resources in place, thus leaving behind a huge potential that promises to satisfy the energy needs of Canada for several decades. The proposed research project aims to provide a scientific methodology whose practical application will allow increasing the recoveries from shales, i.e., getting more oil and/or gas out of the reservoir. The project is therefore aligned with the interest of Canada for boosting its shale industry.

Faculty Supervisor:

Roberto Aguilera


Daniel Orozco


CNOOC Petroleum North America ULC


Engineering - chemical / biological


Mining and quarrying


University of Calgary



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