Shale Selection, Completions, Fracturing and Production

Production Operations

Course Description

This course acquaints participants with the basics of oil and gas shale evaluation and current shale selection, well completion, fracturing, and production technologies for shale reservoirs. The interactive format includes field data, current approaches and use of technologies suited for shale developments. Technologies include logging, frac interval selection, multistage fracturing in horizontal wells, and a summary of field data from many shale plays.


  • Candidate selection criteria to identify shale “sweet spots”
  • Complex fractures and role of geomechanics
  • Well orientation, optimum length and perf cluster design
  • Optimizing well completions and stimulations
  • Fracturing risk estimation: strengths and areas to improve
  • Water sources, treatment, reuse and disposal
  • Predicting production, estimating decline and well start-up suggestions
  • Surface equipment and production operations

Learning Level


Course Length

2 Days (Can be offered as a 1-day course on request.)

Why Attend

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

Who Attends

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


1.6 CEUs (Continuing Education Units) are awarded for this 2-day course. (0.8 CEUs are awarded when taught as a 1-day course.)

Cancellation Policy

All cancellations must be received no later than 14 days prior to the course start date. Cancellations made after the 14 day window will not be refunded.  Refunds will not be given due to no show situations.

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SPE reserves the right to cancel or re-schedule courses at will.  Notification of changes will be made as quickly as possible; please keep this in mind when arranging travel, as SPE is not responsible for any fees charged for cancelling or changing travel arrangements.

We reserve the right to substitute course instructors as necessary.

Full regional cancellation policies can be found at the Cancellation Policy page within the SPE Training Course Catalog.


George E. King is a registered professional engineer with over 43 years of experience since starting with Amoco Production Research 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 71 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 Corporation’s Distinguished Engineering Advisor.

King holds a BS  in chemistry from Oklahoma State (1972), a BS in Chemical Engineering from University of Tulsa (1976) and a MS in Petroleum Engineering from University of Tulsa (1982), where he also taught completions and workovers for 11 years as an adjunct professor.

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