Reaping the Rewards of Quality Over Quantity

Journal of Petroleum Technology 

As the industry shifts from a high number of short-length wells to fewer, but longer lateral wells, the stakes are raised for operators as bigger does not always mean better and economies of scale are reduced. This article describes how the application of optically derived, in-situ measurements enables completion engineers to optimize the design and execution of frac operations and successfully reap the rewards of quality over quantity. The success of unconventional resources has changed the landscape of energy production globally. However, owing to the fundamental need to fracture otherwise impermeable formations and the inherently short productive life of frac wells, the economics of unconventional resources remains a capex intensive challenge. Operators are seeking the cost savings of reduced well counts, whilst achieving the same production with lower environmental impact.

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