Press Esc to close



For full content view: Log in Now!

  • Hydraulic fracture optimization in unconventional reservoirs

    Pedro Saldungaray and Terry Palish

    A primary goal in unconventional reservoirs is to contact as much rock as possible with a fracture or a fracture network of appropriate conductivity. This objective is typically accomplished by drilling horizontal wells and placing multiple transverse fracs along the lateral. Reservoir contact is optimized by defining the lateral length, the number of stages to be placed in the lateral, the fracture isolation technique and job size. Fracture conductivity is determined by the proppant type and size, fracturing fluid system and placement technique. Fracture geometry optimization involves defining the desired fracture half-length, width and conductivity for maximized production.

This area of the site is restricted. In order to gain access, please either Log In, or subscribe to World Oil.

Two options are available to you for creating an account.

1. Get a Free Trial Subscription to World Oil Magazine and gain immediate access to select content on World Oil Online.

Start a Free Trial Subscription and gain immediate access to the complete current issue of World Oil Magazine. Plus, you’ll receive 3 upcoming issues of World Oil Magazine in print or digital format.* You also receive access to the Energy Events Calendar, Industry Statistics and WO Wire’s news and industry coverage.

Free Trial

2. Purchase a subscription to World Oil magazine and gain immediate and complete access to World Oil Online. As a Total Access subscriber you will have access to all areas of the site available to registered users and free subscribers as well as having access to such premium content areas as:

  • The Archives section containing over ten years of complete magazine archives,
  • The WO DataHub's engineering tables and directories,
  • The World Oil annual forecasts, including past predictions,
  • Select World Oil technical handbooks,
  • And much, much more!


Physical copies of this content may be available for purchase. Visit the Reprints & Back Issues section.

If you are already a paid subscriber and do not have access, please email



Engineering Data Tables

World Oil's specialized upstream Engineering Data Tables featuring the Drill Bit Classifier, Tubing Tables and more. Get Total Access today.


2013 Fracturing Technology

2013 Fracturing Technology