Best Practices in Designing and Executing a Comprehensive Hydraulic Fracturing Test Site in the Permian Basin
- James Courtier (Laredo Petroleum) | Karen Chandler (Laredo Petroleum) | Danny Gray (Laredo Petroleum) | Shaun Martin (Laredo Petroleum) | Randy Thomas (Laredo Petroleum) | Joe Wicker (Laredo Petroleum) | Jordan Ciezobka (Gas Technology Institute)
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- Unconventional Resources Technology Conference
- SPE/AAPG/SEG Unconventional Resources Technology Conference, 24-26 July, Austin, Texas, USA
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- Conference Paper
- 2017. Unconventional Resources Technology Conference
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A comprehensive 25-million-dollar joint-industry hydraulic fracturing research program has been designed to capture fundamental insights into hydraulic fracturing processes. This program includes the acquisition of approximately 600 feet of 82-degree inclination whole core following drilling and completion operations on adjacent horizontal wellbores, enabling physical observations of hydraulic fractures and proppant.
A multi-well spacing test and re-fracturing project was conducted with an associated extensive data acquisition program across two Wolfcamp zones within the Midland Basin in Reagan County, Texas (Figure 1).
A key component of the acquisition program included an 82-degree inclination core, providing a rare opportunity to contrast and ground-truth documented hydraulic fractures and associated placed proppant with data sets and hydraulic fracturing models frequently applied during the development of unconventional reservoirs.
Consortium objectives are introduced, providing an overview of the consortium, the comprehensive testing program, background into testing prioritization as well as sharing some of the lessons learned.
To ensure project objectives would be completed safely, on time and within budget, a series of technical, leadership and project management best practices were applied during planning and operational phases. This is considered a large contributing factor into successfully executing a technically complex sequence of drilling, completion and data acquisition procedures.
A leading objective of this paper is to outline the spacing test and data acquisition program in order to provide a precursor and general introduction to anticipated future publications when time restrictions on confidentiality expire.
Through fostering collaboration between hydraulic fracturing experts from industry, academia and government, a research program has been established to acquire data sets to address industry-wide fundamental questions around hydraulic fracture development within an unconventional resource development setting. Principal objectives include researching methods to reduce and minimize potential environmental impacts, demonstrate safe reliable operations, and to improve hydraulic fracturing efficiency of horizontal shale wells. This public-private partnership brings together government entities, alongside motivated shale operators and service companies. While all of the data and results generated in this project will eventually be released into the public domain, a two-year confidentiality period exists from the time data and results are developed, until they are released.
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