Hydraulic fracturing conference focused on increasing efficiencies in shale plays

By CRAIG FLEMING, Technical Editor, World Oil on 2/6/2019

 

SPE’s hydraulic fracturing conference kicked-off yesterday, Feb. 5, with a plenary session that outlined the significance of properly identifying frac hits. The session was moderated by Stephen Holditch, Texas A&M University, and featured subject matter experts George King, GEK Engineering, Ripudaman Manchanda, University of Texas, Piyush Pankaj, Schlumberger and Brendan Elliott, Devon Energy.

The speakers discussed advancements in well spacing, and the science of infill drilling in unconventional formations to avoid communication between wellbores. Recently, significant advancements have been made that have led to increased understanding, execution and optimization of multi-fractured completions. However, significantly more complexity and uncertainty result from interactions between infill wells and existing wells, due to depletion and connectivity. The speakers explored the intricacies and additional challenges brought on by these scenarios and examined the task of integrating data to accelerate learning and optimizing overall economics.

In the afternoon, representatives from various operators and service provides participated in two different technical sessions. One outlined case histories that showcased the strength of hydraulic fracturing as a technology and the industry’s ability to adapt, change and improve incrementally based on field results. The papers provided several good examples and learnings to help develop insight and understanding, with a view to building improvements in operations. Another technical track featured different approaches to modeling fracture propagation to provide better understanding of field observations.

The conference is one of SPE’s most popular events and provides attendees the opportunity to learn about the latest technologies and advances in hydraulic fracturing. The show also features a sold-out exhibition floor with more than 100 companies presenting their products and value-added services.



 

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