Jan. 20, 2009


Description

 

In order to improve production and subsequent well economics in the Wolfcamp formation in Eddy County, New Mexico, horizontal drilling has been employed for the last seven years. Current stimulation practices in these horizontal wells involve hydraulically fracturing with proppant in multiple stages. The effectiveness of the various fracturing treatments on production responses is of interest, because any optimization or changes that can reduce stimulation costs improves profit. In addition, with the current shortages in all mesh sizes of sands, anything which reduces the quantities needed to effectively stimulate wells is a plus.

Production from a localized group of horizontal Wolfcamp wells was examined to establish the impact scenario that proppant choice made on performance. It was found that decline rates were the same or better on wells fracture treated using a significantly lower volume of an Ultra-Lightweight proppant compared to those wells treated with regular sand. This reduction in proppant used also resulted in a savings ranging from 4% to 33% of the stimulation costs. SPE 116646


Featured Speakers

Speaker Steve Metcalf
Permian Basin Region Technical Manager BJ Services   Mr. Steven (Steve) Metcalf is the Permian Basin Region Technical Manager for BJ Services in Midland, TX. He received a Bachelors Degree from Emporia State University in Chemistry in 1972 and a Masters Degree from Kansa State University in Physical Chemistry in 1975. He ...

Permian Basin Region Technical Manager
BJ Services
 

Mr. Steven (Steve) Metcalf is the Permian Basin Region Technical Manager for BJ Services in Midland, TX. He received a Bachelors Degree from Emporia State University in Chemistry in 1972 and a Masters Degree from Kansa State University in Physical Chemistry in 1975. He is a Registered Professional Petroleum Engineer in the State of Oklahoma since 1988. He has worked in the petroleum industry for nearly 34 years for both service and operating companies in Texas and Oklahoma and has held various research and engineering positions. He is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers since 1977 and has co-authored several papers in the areas of cementing, acidizing and fracturing.


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Organizer

Steve McCants


Date and Time

Tue, Jan. 20, 2009

11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
(GMT-0500) US/Central

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Location

WestLake Club

570 Westlake Park Blvd.
Houston, TX 77079
USA