Shale Gas Completions, Fracturing and Production

Drilling and Completions


This 2-day course acquaints participants with the latest well completion, fracturing, and production technologies for shale gas reservoirs. The interactive format includes field data and interpretations. The course presents an overview of shale gas technologies, such as multi-stage fracturing in horizontal wells, and a summary of field data from different shale gas plays. Topics include:

  • Candidate selection criteria
  • The importance of natural fractures
  • Complex fractures and role of geomechanics
  • Optimizing well completions and stimulations
  • Predicting gas production and how to gauge production success
  • Surface equipment and production operations

Why Attend?

The technology for recovering shale and tight gas reserves is changing the face of the industry worldwide. If tight gas reserves are part of your portfolio, you will benefit from this course.

Who Should Attend

This course is for all well completion and production engineers, managers and geologists working with shale gas reserves.

Special Requirements

Students must bring laptop to class.


1.6 CEUs (Continuing Education Units) awarded for this 2-day course.

Cancellation Policy

To receive a full refund, all cancellations must be received in writing no later than 14 days prior to the course start date. Cancellations made after the 14-day window will not be refunded. Send cancellation requests by email to; by fax to +1.866.460.3032 (US) or +1.972.852.9292 (outside US); or mail to SPE Registration, PO Box 833836, Richardson, TX 75083.


George E. King is a registered professional engineer with over 40 years of experience since joining Amoco Research Center in 1971. His technical work has provided advances in foam fracturing, production from unstable chalk, underbalanced perforating, sand control reliability, gas shale completions and fracturing. Currently, he is working with new technologies for the oil and gas industry.

King has written 65 technical papers and was awarded the 2004 SPE Production Operations Award and the 2012 Engineer of the Year Award from the Houston Region of the Texas Society of Professional Engineers. He is Apache’s distinguished engineering advisor. He lives in Katy, Texas where one of his hobbies is rebuilding vintage Ford Mustangs.

King holds a BS in chemistry from Oklahoma State University. He also has a BS in chemical engineering and an MS in petroleum engineering from the University of Tulsa, where he also taught completions and workovers for 11 years as an adjunct professor.

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