17599 – Application of Technologies for Improved Drilling, Hydraulic Fracturing, and Production Increase—Case Studies From Deep and High Pressure Gas Wells

Summary

Integration of technologies and application of innovative practices in drilling, completion, acid stimulation, and hydraulic fracturing have significantly contributed to the successful development of tight gas reservoirs. The well planning and development procedures entail careful selection of several critical parameters such as drilling azimuth, lateral length, well trajectory, drill-in fluids, well completion methods, stimulation fluid properties, fracture placement technique, proppant types, treatment volumes, and pumping schedule. These critical parameters impact fracture dimensions, proppant transport and placement, as well as stimulation efficiency and effective post-frac cleanup. This paper shows the importance of proper well planning in successful fracture treatment and increased production.