SPEI: Shale Gas Completion, Fracturing and Production

Intended Audience
Well completion and production engineers, and managers and geologists, working in the area of shale gas.

This course will acquaint the participants with recent learnings in regard to well completions, fracturing, and production in shale gas reservoirs. Field data and interpretations will be emphasized in an interactive format. Attendees will receive an overview of shale gas technologies, including muti-stage fracturing in horizontal wells, a summary of field data from different shale gas plays, engineering interpretations of field data, and skills for engineering analysis and field deployment of well completions.
Topics Covered
Candidate selection criteria and examples of commercial production
• Recent successful shale gas plays
• Inter-play comparison, and implications
• What determines EUR
• Well-by-well variations are huge: what that means, and how to deal with it
Why natural fractures are important
• Permeability
• Network (domain) stimulation
• Statistical variablility
Completion Design
• Well orientation and trajectory
• Completion methods
• Frac Stages and perforating clusters
Well stimulations: how to optimize
• Role of in-situ stress and geomechanics
• Diagnostics
• Different horizontal completions
• Best horizontal geometries: length, orientation, updip/downdip, simultaneous stimulation
• Diversion of stimulation fluid, and heterogeneity along well length
• Design of proppant schedule: sized to fit natural/induced fractures; concentrated to boost
gas rate
• Frac fluid and proppant versus play shaliness
Predicting production
• How to gauge production success: different indexes
• Modeling concepts, old and new: complex fracture networks; enhanced perm domains.
• Sensitivity studies
• Permeability loss or gain with depletion: compaction of fractures, and matrix shrinkage
Fluid Recovery and Recycling
• Flowback rates
• Recovery techniques
• Lift
• Water Recycling

To register please go to www.spe.org/go/TrainingSchedule

Location: Houston SPE Office
10777 Westheimer Rd Suite 1075
Houston , TX 77042

Date: May 11, 2010, 8 a.m. - May 12, 2010, 5 p.m.