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.
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.
Chairs: Ernie Brown, Schlumberger; Joe Curtino, Shell
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.