July 2013
Shale Technology Review

New shale technologies, best practices

Horizontal drilling and multi-stage fracturing have been the technology enablers for shale gas and liquids exploration and production. In the early days, the operators thought this was all the technology they needed—drill down to the shale formation, kick off a horizontal lateral somewhere in the shale and start fracing. The results, of course, were inconsistent. Some wells produced at exceptionally high initial rates; others were low producers. Moreover, the wells were expensive to drill and produce.

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