Westside: Stimulation Learnings and Completion Implications in the Bakken Shale

 Stimulation Learnings and Completion Implications from the Consortium Multi-well Project in the North Dakota Bakken Shale
After a great deal of success with Bakken openhole horizontal completions in Richland County, Montana between 2002 and 2005, operators began to move to the more laterally extensive North Dakota side of the Bakken play in the Williston Basin.  It was observed that the early results in the North Dakota Bakken were much more variable than in the Richland County Bakken wells.  With the huge resource at stake in the North Dakota Bakken, it was realized that a better understanding of the nature of the formation’s transmissibility and its stimulation and completion efficiency could shorten the learning curve for the economic exploitation of this important oil resource.  Consequently a consortium was formed with seven operators, a major service company, the state of North Dakota and the DOE to drill and complete three science wells.  These wells were utilized to collect extensive vertical and horizontal log and core data.  Two wells were completed and one well was utilized as a monitoring well.  During the stimulation treatments several seismic arrays were deployed to map the microseismic events, including the largest seismic array ever deployed in a horizontal well.  In addition, multiple isotope RA tracing and fluid chemical tracing were employed.
This presentation will present some of the results from this project along with the detailed completion analysis that was performed using these data along with other released data from this basin.  Conclusions will be presented regarding the nature of fracture initiation along the wellbore in an attempt to provide some insights into completion optimization.
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Location: The WestLake Club - Carriage Room
570 WestLake Park Blvd
Houston , Texas 77079

Date: April 15, 2009, 11:30 a.m. - April 15, 2009, 1 p.m.