Northside: Applications of Viscosity-Building Friction Reducers as Fracturing Fluids

Speaker: Mark Van Domelen
Speaker Mark Van Domelen
Mark Van Domelen is the VP of Technology for Downhole Chemical Solutions, where his primary areas ofexpertise are hydraulic fracturing and well completion methods. Mark’s responsibilities include identifyingand applying new technologies in order to increase the value of oil and gas assets. Prior to joining DCS, Mark worked for a ...

Mark Van Domelen is the VP of Technology for Downhole Chemical Solutions, where his primary areas of
expertise are hydraulic fracturing and well completion methods. Mark’s responsibilities include identifying
and applying new technologies in order to increase the value of oil and gas assets. Prior to joining DCS, Mark worked for a major service company for 31 years in a variety of roles including engineering, technology,
operations management, supply chain, and training positions. Mark has a degree in Mining Engineering from
the University of Wisconsin and has authored many industry papers and served on several committees for SPE.

Full Description

Fracturing strategies often include developing as much fracture complexity and surface area contact as possible, followed by increasing the conductivity of the fracture network in the near wellbore and intermediate fractured region to sustain high production rates.  To achieve these objectives, fluids used include slickwater for the small proppant followed by a higher viscosity fluid for the larger proppant.

Viscosity-building friction reducers (VFR) develop elevated viscosity over traditional slickwater fluids and provide higher regain fracture conductivity over guar-based linear and crosslinked gels. VFR systems are used as direct replacements for conventional fluid systems and allow for the entire pumping schedule to be executed with a single fluid type, with viscosity increases simply controlled by the addition of the liquid polymer.

This presentation will describe some of the advantages VFR fluids have provided operators to date, using case histories from recent projects in the Eagle Ford, Permian Basin, and STACK play.

Organizer Angela Tse

When?

Tue, Dec. 12, 2017
11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. US/Central

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Where?

Southwestern Energy. 10000 Energy Dr, Spring, TX 77389
10000 Energy Dr,
Spring, Texas 77389

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