Reservoir and stimulation analysis of a Devonian shale gas field Academic Article uri icon


  • This paper presents a study of a shallow, low-productivity Devonian shale gas field consisting of 48 wells in Mason County, WV. Gas production from wells in the field was found to be associated with zones of substantial free-gas porosity in the presence of high kerogen (organic) content. Most wells are poor producers; the best wells are located in the northwest portion of the field, which corresponds to an area of natural fracturing identified by remote sensing imagery. We identified and mapped quality reservoir areas and predicted performance for all wells in the field. The simulation treatments conducted on all wells in the field successfully initiated gas production from the shales, but these treatments generally failed to achieve the degree of stimulation expected from such jobs.

author list (cited authors)

  • Shaw, J. S., Gatens, J. M., Lancaster, D. E., Lee, W. J., Avary, K. L., & Terry, D. P.

complete list of authors

  • Shaw, JS||Gatens, JM||Lancaster, DE||Lee, WJ||Avary, KL||Terry, DP

publication date

  • November 1989