Gas Technology Institute (GTI) is leading a program on hydraulic fracturing test sites in the Permian Basin, bringing together government and industry to improve recovery, continue enhancing environmentally responsible methods of optimizing production, and lowering costs in the Midland and Delaware Basins. GTI was awarded funding earlier this year from the US Department of Energy National Energy Technology Laboratory for cost-shared research and development on hydraulic-fracturing efficiency. Anadarko and Shell plan to cohost a new field test site in the Delaware Basin, where multiple experiments to evaluate well completion, optimize design, and quantify environmental impact will be carried out. The new HFTS2–Delaware field test site located in Block 55 T1, Loving County, Texas, will feature depth, pressures, and permeability different from the site of GTI’s first collaborative project, HFTS1–Midland. Each location requires specific techniques for optimal production based on local geologic complexity.
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