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Shut-In Pressure

Published: May 24, 2019 | Last updated: July 5, 2023

What Does Shut-In Pressure Mean?

Shut-in pressure is the stage at which the fluid pressure begins to decline after injection is stopped during a hydraulic fracturing test. A hydraulic fracturing test is a proven method and is used for enhancing oil well efficiency, and in designing of tunnels, oil & gas lines and other underground installations.

Well shut-ins after hydraulic fracturing greatly increases hydrocarbon outputs, while fluid loss and invasion of aqueous phase into the formation can reduce hydrocarbon production and damage matrix permeability.

Trenchlesspedia Explains Shut-In Pressure

In an hydraulic fracturing test, fluid is injected into the wellbore till cracks begin to appear around the wellbore. At this stage the fluid injection is stopped causing a decline in fluid pressure. In a curve on the plotted graph, the significant point associated with minimum horizontal in-situ stress indicates the shut-in pressure. The breakdown pressure and the shut-in pressure are measured during the shut-in stage. Even though injection is stopped at the shut-in stage, enough energy is present to propagate cracks until the fluid pressure drops and becomes constant in the crack by leaking off from the fracture and borehole.

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