SPE logo

Hydraulic Fracture Flowback

6 – 7 November 2013

San Antonio, Texas | Omni La Mansion del Rio

Tecnical Agenda

Wednesday, 6 November, 0815-0945

Session I: Fundamentals

Chairs: Doug Bearinger, Nexen; Roger Myers, Atlas Energy

Flowback fluid behavior is a function of time, stimulated fracture network characteristics, fracturing fluids pumped, and reservoir fluid and rock characteristics. This session will examine the mechanical, fluid flow and chemical processes that occur during stimulation, shut-in and flowback.


Session II: Regional Best Practices – Part 1

Chairs: Simon Chipperfield, Santos; Jim Crafton, Performance Sciences

There are many similarities in addressing flowback operational challenges within the industry, but practices of what is perceived to “makes a flowback great” can vary significantly from basin to basin, region to region, and well to well. Is it possible to achieve ideal flowback performance that is optimal for the reservoir, achieves operational efficiency goals and exceeds environmental regulatory requirements? The two regional best practices sessions will provide the understanding, methodologies, and case histories of practices that have been adopted in different areas, and will highlight whether they have been capable of achieving these three goals of ideality.


Session III: Regional Best Practices – Part 2

Chairs: Ernie Brown, Schlumberger; Joe Curtino, Shell


Session IV: Alternative Fluids Fracturing Technology

Chairs: Mukul Sharma, University of Texas; Robert Hawkes, Trican

When using water-based fracture fluids, water recovery during flowback is low. This issue can impact fracture cleanup, well productivity, and ultimate gas production. The use of non-aqueous fluids may present economic (faster cleanup) and environmental benefits.

Thursday, 7 November, 0800-0930

Session V: Flowback Design

Chairs: Jim Crafton, Performance Sciences; Robert Hawkes, Trican

Historically, the planning, design, logistics and execution of a well’s earliest production was not considered to be important. Now, however, there are strongly divergent opinions and data regarding the best methods to meet operational and financial goals that will be discussed in this session.


Session VI: Diagnostics

Chairs: Dick Leonard, Core Laboratories; Paul Huckabee, Shell

Diagnostic methods have been developed and evolved to improve our understanding of flowback profile during cleanup and relative contribution from commingled staged completions. Topics in this session will include chemical analysis, chemical fluid tracers, and distributed inflow measurement methods.


Session VII: Completion Considerations

Chairs: Mukul Sharma, University of Texas; Buddy Woodroof, Core Laboratories

Completion design is one of many factors that affect hydraulic fracture flowback and well performance. This session will examine the impact of completion design and execution issues that have the greatest impact on fracture flowback and early-time production.


Session VIII: Panel Discussion

Chairs: Robert Hawkes, Trican; Joe Curtino, Shell

This panel session will provide insights from industry experts on historical, current, and future challenges related to flowback and the strategies that are used to address them. Participants will have the opportunity to engage in open discussion with the panel.