147614 – Well Evolution in the James Lime – How Technology has Driven Well Productivity Improvements

Summary

This paper analyzes the various drilling and completion technologies that have been applied to the James Lime over its 50 year history. Some of the variants analyzed to determine their impact on production include hole direction, lateral length, completion isolation system, and number of stages treated. Hydraulic fracturing treatment details such as proppant type, treatment volume, and proppant volume were analyzed to determine their impact on production results as well. Other factors were taken into consideration when performing the production analysis including the timeframe when the well was drilled and completed. The results of this analysis uncovered the impact on production that technological advancements had over time on the tight James Lime carbonate formation.