135386 – Comparative Study of Cemented Versus Uncemented Multi-Stage Fractured Wells in the Barnett Shale

Summary

The industry has made a very quick turn toward both unconventional reservoirs and horizontal, multi-stage fracturing. Some industry experts have begun to question the effectiveness of recoveries in these massive reserve assets. A notable formation in these discussions has been the Barnett Shale, where a variety of methods and technologies have been used to fracture stimulate horizontal wells. From 2004 through 2006, a new, open hole, multi-stage system (OHMS) completion technology was run in Denton County, Texas. Using publically available data from the past five years, this study contrasts long-term production results from OHMS completed wells and wells completed with cemented casing.