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  • ‘Who done it’ in hydraulic fracturing


    Ali Daneshy

    Occasionally, production from a hydraulic fracturing treatment falls short of expectations. This usually starts a search for the cause and who (or which aspect of the preceding operations) is responsible for the shortcoming. The discussion becomes more serious when only one or two of the many wells in close proximity of each other have subpar production. Each participant is sure of the effectiveness of his/her own part of the operation, but unsure of the other parts. Search for the guilty, even when hidden and indirect, is unproductive and can harm the cooperative relationship between team members, which is essential for successful operations and good production. Let’s discuss the role and contribution of each technical discipline, its boundaries, limitations and consequences of mishaps.

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