119140 – Multiple Transverse Fracturing in Open Hole Allows Development of a Low Permeability Reservoir in the Foukanda Field, Offshore Congo

Summary

During the past decade, multiple transverse fracturing in horizontal wells has been applied so successfully in onshore low permeability reservoirs that it is becoming the standard completion practice in many areas. The reasons for the success of this technique vary, but the two main reasons are related to the undisputed effectiveness of hydraulic fracturing as a production enhancement technique and the relatively low cost of pumping services in onshore areas. This study documents the successful effort of taking these techniques to the offshore environment.