Northside: Leveraging Experience to Make the Extraordinary Ordinary: Hydraulic Fracturing Tight Gas under HPHT Conditions (SPE 140815)
Oil and gas exploration and production companies searching for viable commercial production have been required to venture deeper into the earth’s crust and consequently have been forced to contend with extreme environments in the form of hotter working temperatures and higher pressures. These conditions have become commonplace in that the companies operating under high pressures and high temperatures have been contending with these conditions on a near-daily basis for the past two to three decades in North America, depending on their region of operation.
Topics discussed here are wellhead equipment, such as wellhead isolation tools and frac valves, fracturing pump equipment and blenders, logistics planning, the proper application of stimulation “iron” (2-in. 1502 and 3-in. flanged connections), fracturing materials for gelling, crosslinking, non-emulsifying, and effectively propping hydraulic fractures at high temperatures. Also, pump-in minifrac tests and pressure-decline diagnostics performed to help service companies and operators deliver a safe and effective method for HP/HT hydraulic fracturing on a consistent basis are explained.
This paper is intended to provide a better understanding of the many components that should be addressed when preparing for a HP/HT treatment so that operators can apply these components to any field anywhere in the world.
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