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Formation Stabilization for Unconventional Shales – It’s More Than Conventional Clay Control

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Course Credit: 0.15 CEU, 1.5 PDH

The development and production of oil and gas assets in unconventional reservoirs presents operators with a large number of engineering and geochemical challenges that demand cost-effective solutions to maximize hydrocarbon production. Effectively integrating and aligning fracturing designs, fluids selection, and compatibility for the complex conditions encountered in unconventional formations poses numerous challenges for engineers, operators, and service companies. One significant and potentially major issue is the damage that the formation experiences when exposed to completion fluids and its impact on production. This damage is manifested by pronounced and fast production decline curves and underperforming wells.

The emphasis in this webinar is to highlight the pronounced differences in formation damage mechanisms between unconventional versus conventional reservoirs and their implications to the immediate, intermediate and long term production. Addressing specific identified damage mechanisms can be achieved with fluids and chemical additive selection based on the specific reservoir mineralogy and the fracture surface. Discussions will be made on various region-specific damage mechanism and treatments for understanding the fluid-induced sensitivities in specific formations within North America and warning signs that damage is occurring in your fracture. All content contained within this webinar is copyrighted by Dr. Denise Benoit and its use and/or reproduction outside the portal requires express permission from Dr. Denise Benoit.

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Earn credits by completing this course0.15 CEU credit1.5 PDH credits


Dr. Denise Benoit