Flow-channel fracturing raises production in the Eagle Ford ///

In the five years since the industry first set its sights on the Eagle Ford shale, the play has emerged as one of the world’s most prolific oil- and gas-producing regions, with thousands of horizontal wells now operating across a wide swath of South Texas. Advances in hydraulic fracturing methods have been pivotal to this success. Among the most important innovations is a hydraulic channel-fracturing technique that creates a network of open channels, or pathways, inside the fracture, optimizing connectivity to the reservoir and significantly improving fracture conductivity while using less proppant and water.

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