Shale’s Big Sand Switch Is Delivering Dollars, but Not Eroding All Concerns
Producers in Texas have claimed an economic victory with their transition to local sands that they once avoided using in horizontal wells due to their low-quality.
Demand for Raw Fracturing Sand Set for Healthy Growth
Driven by a recovery in well completions and increased proppant loading per well, the market for raw fracturing sand is expected to grow by more than 4% annually through 2021, an industry research study says.
Independent Shale Producer is Driving Permian Well Improvements with Clean Sweeps
Permian Basin producer Callon Petroleum is attributing its data-driven approach to a routine completions practice to improved proppant placement and higher oil production.
Getting a Better Look at Propped Fractures
Carbo Ceramics is making big strides in the use of ceramic proppant.
Saudis Find Proppant Source in Their Own Back Yard
Although Saudi Arabia has plenty of sand, it took some ingenuity by Saudi Aramco and Schlumberger to figure out how to use it effectively as proppant.
New Diagnostics Aid Completion Designs
A new diagnostic technology that exclusively uses surface pressure data to map hydraulic fracturing in unconventional reservoirs has helped an operator to improve well completion designs in its Oklahoma field activities.
Saudi Aramco Gearing Up Unconventional Drilling
Saudi Aramco has begun moving toward the production phase of its ambitious plan to develop its enormous hoard of unconventional gas resources.
Novel Proppant Surface Treatment for Enhanced Performance and Improved Cleanup
A new proppant exhibits a neutrally wet surface, which does not have a preferential affinity for oil, gas, or water and therefore will not promote the preferential entrapment of any phase within the proppant pack.
Rod-Shaped-Proppant Fracturing Boosts Production and Adds Reserves
A new unconventional proppant technology—a rod-shaped proppant—delivered 25% higher oil per net pay compared with offset wells using conventional proppant.
Electromagnetic Imaging Offers First Look at the Propped Rock
Understanding how much rock is being stimulated and propped is critical for unconventional producers. New imaging methods using electromagnetic energy or acoustic microemitters could represent a milestone in understanding what is left behind after fracturing.
New Technology Seeks To Give Voice to Proppant
A pair of inventive companies are working on a way to allow microseismic tests to visualize the otherwise silent process of propping fractures.
Enhancing Sand Strength for Fracturing Applications
A strategic objective of Saudi Aramco is exploring and developing deep and unconventional gas reservoirs, many of which are considered extremely tight.
Acoustic Measurements Aid Mechanical-Damage Characterization in Proppant Packs
The strength and conductivity of proppant packs are key parameters for assessing their performance. This paper introduces a new analysis technique based on interpretation of acoustic measurements to quantify mechanical damage in propping agents.
Inaugural Challenge Generates New Proppant Ideas
GE Staoil Open Innovation Challenge results in new proppant ideas.
Proppant Fracture for Unconventional Carbonate Source Rock in Saudi Arabia
This paper will discuss the hydraulic-fracturing-stimulation design, execution, and evaluation for the first successful proppant-fracturing treatment in an unconventional carbonate source rock in Saudi Arabia.
Oil Price Plunge Requires Revised Completion Methods
In this cost-cutting market environment, completion engineers face added pressure to maximize the return on every dollar invested when putting unconventional wells into production.
Unconventional Proppant Combined With Channel Fracturing Increases Effectiveness
Implementation of channel fracturing enhanced by rod-shaped proppant brings substantial value for depleted Devonian formations in the Orenburg region of Russia.
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