146790 – Design and Deployment of a New Fracturing Port Technology to Increase Stage Number Capability of Openhole Multistage Systems

Summary

Studies in the Lower Huron led to operators to run longer laterals with increased stage numbers in order to maximize production; however, the limitations of open hole, multi-stage systems (OHMS) restricted the potential of many wells. In order to deal with these limitations, the repeatable fracturing port (RFP) was developed. The RFP utilizes the same size ball to activate more than one fracture port – essentially multiplying the number of isolated stages. A field study in the Lower Huron demonstrated the benefits of using RFP technology, as the system functioned effectively and increased the number of potential stages. The success of RFP technology in the Lower Huron has been echoed throughout the U.S. and Canada, as increased knowledge continues to improve the technology and well performance.