163946 – Cemented Versus Open Hole Completions: What is Best for Your Well?

Summary

For many years, the industry has relied on cemented and perforated liners to complete multistage stimulated oil and gas wells. However, the boom in tight oil and gas plays in North America and elsewhere have seen the emergence of open hole multistage system completions as a competitor to the traditional cemented liner. Open hole multistage system completions found favor due to the efficiencies and cost savings realized by operator companies. These systems also made possible many more stages at an economic price point. But what about initial and ultimate recovery comparisons? Do open hole completions perform better or worse than cemented liners? This paper will explain the differences between these competing completion options and present multiple case studies that have demonstrated operational, economic and production variances between cemented and open hole completions.