Permian Basin: High Performance Ceramics

Speaker Dan Herndon, P.E., Manager of Petroleum Technology at Saint-Gobain
Presenter: Dan Herndon has worked 38 years in the oil and gas industry.  His career includes about 23 years in various engineering and engineering management positions for a major service company, a year as a consultant, and over 14 years as technical representative and technology manager for Saint-Gobain Proppants.  He ...

Presenter: Dan Herndon has worked 38 years in the oil and gas industry.  His career includes about 23 years in various engineering and engineering management positions for a major service company, a year as a consultant, and over 14 years as technical representative and technology manager for Saint-Gobain Proppants.  He received his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Texas.


 Primary Author: Dr. Jim Craftongraduated from Missouri School of Mines in Mining Engineering, Petroleum Option, received his Masters’ Degree in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Oklahoma, and Ph.D. from the University of Tulsa.  He was awarded the Honorary Professional Degree from the University of Missouri, Rolla for his contributions to petroleum production engineering.  He has received the Matson Award for technology development in water drive reservoir management.  Most recently he has been recognized as a Society of Petroleum Engineers Distinguished Member.  He has also received the SPE Production and Completions Engineering Award for his work in hydraulic fracturing technology.  In another arena, he was granted the unusual privilege of naming rights for the discovery of a previously unknown geologic formation.  He has been Chair of the SPE Distinguished Lecture Program, by SPE Board appointment, for two years.  He holds several US and international patents, including letters of commendation from the US Patent Office for those patents.  Dr. Crafton formed Performance Sciences in 1991, a consulting business focusing on analysis of production data to assess well operating problems.  Prior to that he received the Outstanding Faculty Award at the Colorado School of Mines, where he taught for over ten years.

Full Description

An investigation of the performance of a group of North Dakota Bakken wells was conducted for the purpose of assessing the relative benefit of premium ceramic proppants compared to 20/40 white sand and other ceramic proppants.

The observed production histories of the wells, normalized for reservoir quality, severity of pressure drawdown and treatment type and size were used as the basis for the comparison.

The primary performance metrics employed were: apparent or effective fracture half-length normalized for the amount of placed proppant, sustainability of the reservoir/wellbore connectivity, an initial normalized productivity metric and average gross incremental value at the end of the normalized observed production histories.  The two premium proppants had similar benefit, while the third ceramic proppant did not compare well, even with 20/40 white sand.

Organizer Amy Timmons, Weatherford

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Tue, May. 20, 2014
11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. America/Chicago

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