Northside: Leveraging Experience to Make the Extraordinary Ordinary: Hydraulic Fracturing Tight Gas under HPHT Conditions (SPE 140815)

Speaker: Mark Machala
Speaker Mark Machala
Team Lead-Unconventional Resources HALLIBURTON Since 2007, Mark Machala has served at Halliburton as the Team Lead for Unconventional Resources in Halliburton’s Global Technical Solutions Group in Houston, TX. Machala has 34 years experience in the oil and gas industry and has spent 19 years with Halliburton, where he got his ...

Team Lead-Unconventional Resources
HALLIBURTON






Since 2007, Mark Machala has served at Halliburton as the Team Lead for Unconventional Resources in Halliburton’s Global Technical Solutions Group in Houston, TX. Machala has 34 years experience in the oil and gas industry and has spent 19 years with Halliburton, where he got his start as a fracturing engineer, designing and executing massive hydraulic fracturing treatments in “tight gas” formations. In recent years, Machala’s work has primarily focused on fracturing operations and production enhancement technologies. He is a two-time recipient of Halliburton’s prestigious MVP Award. Once in 2000 for his work on a highly successful fracturing campaign in the North Sea and again in 2009 for his efforts on a deep tight gas fracturing project in Saudi Arabia.


 


Machala earned his Bachelor of Science degree in agricultural engineering from Texas A&M University in 1978 and has worked extensively on both domestic and international projects, including a 7-year tenure in Algeria.


 


Machala is a long-time member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) and has co-authored several SPE technical papers regarding fracturing in tight gas reservoirs.



Full Description
Oil and gas exploration and production companies searching for viable commercial production have been required to venture deeper into the earth’s crust and consequently have been forced to contend with extreme environments in the form of hotter working temperatures and higher pressures. These conditions have become commonplace in that the companies operating under high pressures and high temperatures have been contending with these conditions on a near-daily basis for the past two to three decades in North America, depending on their region of operation.
 
Topics discussed here are wellhead equipment, such as wellhead isolation tools and frac valves, fracturing pump equipment and blenders, logistics planning, the proper application of stimulation “iron” (2-in. 1502 and 3-in. flanged connections), fracturing materials for gelling, crosslinking, non-emulsifying, and effectively propping hydraulic fractures at high temperatures. Also, pump-in minifrac tests and pressure-decline diagnostics performed to help service companies and operators deliver a safe and effective method for HP/HT hydraulic fracturing on a consistent basis are explained.
 
This paper is intended to provide a better understanding of the many components that should be addressed when preparing for a HP/HT treatment so that operators can apply these components to any field anywhere in the world.

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Organizer Bernard Franklin

When?

Tue, Mar. 13, 2012
11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. US/Central

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Greenspoint Club
16925 Northchase Dr
Houston, TX 77060

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