Influence of fracture treatment parameters on hydraulic fracturing optimization in unconventional formations

Marshal Wigwe, Oladoyin Kolawole, Marshall Watson, Ion Ispas, Wenjing Li

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Abstract

Copyright © ARMA-CUPB Geothermal International Conference 2019.All rights reserved.Hydraulic fracturing is the most effective reservoir-stimulation techniques in the petroleum and geothermal industries. It is most suitable for wells in low and moderate permeability reservoirs that do not provide commercial production rates. Due to technical and economical limitations of hydraulic fracturing operations in unconventional reservoirs, geothermal systems, and block cave mining worldwide, an optimized hydraulic fracturing design is critical for successful stimulation operation. Fractures created require proppant to keep it open after injection has stopped. Furthermore, proppant transport and placement, proppant and frac-fluid compatibility, and optimum spacing are some of the challenges inhibiting successful hydraulic fracturing operations. Proppant transport depends on the particle size, proppant density, and the fluid viscosity. In this paper, we investigate the effects of proppant densit
Original languageEnglish
StatePublished - Aug 1 2019

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