Baker Hughes introduced its REAL Connect service designed to help improve hydrocarbon recovery in hydraulic-fracturing applications. The service’s diverter systems redirect fracturing-fluid flow to the untreated perforation sets within a stage to increase fracture-network complexity and provide more-uniform coverage. Once the stimulation treatment is complete and the diverter materials dissolve, ultralightweight proppant material remains in the near-wellbore region for long-lasting production flow paths. The service helped an operator in De Soto Parish, Louisiana, rejuvenate several mature wells from their existing inventory of unconventional wells that were reaching the low end of the production curve. Baker Hughes designed a refracturing program that used the REAL Connect service to temporarily isolate existing fracture networks in order to redirect fluids to untreated zones and stimulate untapped portions of the reservoir. The service enabled the operator to refracture the lateral section with greater effect, enhancing the fracturing networks and increasing ultimate recovery from the reservoir without drilling new wells. On the basis of the average drilling and completion cost of USD 10.1 million and average restimulation cost of USD 3.1 million, the operator saved an estimated USD 7 million per well.
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