Shaletech: Improving fracturing in clay-rich ductile shales ///

Fractures in clay-rich shales tend to be short, with smaller surface areas that can negatively affect fluid flow. To improve understanding of fracture performance in these shales, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, with funding from the U.S. DOE’s National Energy Technology Laboratory, conducted two-phase research to investigate and understand how fracture characteristics affect production performance.

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