SPEI - Shale Gas Completions, Fracturing, and Production



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.


Candidate selection criteria and examples of commercial production

  • Recent successful shale gas plays
  • Interplay 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 variability

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

Who Should Attend

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


1.6 CEUs (Continuing Education Units) awarded for this 2-day course.

Location: SPE - Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition
Denver , Colorado

Date: Oct. 29, 2011, 8 a.m. - Oct. 30, 2011, 5 p.m.