Frac hits was not unfamiliar in tight gas development. During the hydraulic fracturing process in infill well, due to closely spaced wells and parent well depletion, operators often encounter communication between the fractures of parent and infill wells, resulting in frac hits. This phenomenon typically has a significant impact on the productivity of both infill and parent wells. However, effectively mitigating and minimizing the negative effects of frac hits remains challenging. We established a new frac hit mechanism and an evaluation and management workflow, aims to investigate the mechanism of frac hits between infill well and parent well and improve the performance of infill well while avoiding frac hits. The results indicate that an increased extent of parent well depletion leads to higher surrounding rock pressure and stress depletion. The stress deflection region near the fracture tip of the parent well attracts the propagation of infill well fractures, resulting in frac hits and significantly affecting the performance of parent well. Consequently, optimizing the timing of hydraulic fracturing in the infill well is beneficial for mitigating parent well depletion, controlling frac hits, and enhancing gas well productivity. This research provides important insights into mitigating parent-infill well interference in the development of tight gas reservoirs and establishes a solid foundation for future studies.

This content is only available via PDF.
You do not currently have access to this content.