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Near Wellbore Complexity Considerations in Horizontal Well Completions

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Course Credit: 0.1 CEU, 1 PDH

Far-field complexity is consistently a chief discussion point in horizontal well completions. The majority of this discussion is driven by microseismic measurements that frequently show large “stimulated reservoir volumes” with events that extend in multiple directions and large distances away from the wellbore. However, a frequently overlooked issue is the extreme complexity that can be generated near the wellbore, within a few meters, that might have an even larger effect on production and reserve recovery. This near-wellbore complexity is a function of longitudinal growth components along the wellbore which can be significant, even in a well that is drilled perpendicular to maximum horizontal stress. With the creation of both longitudinal and transverse fracture components, important treatment outcomes such as near-wellbore conductivity and fracture clean-up can be significantly impacted. Additionally, wellbore diversion techniques can be hampered. This webinar will discuss these impacts and considerations that should be made when designing stimulation treatments in horizontal wells under various conditions.

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Dr. Jennifer L. MiskiminsSpeakerDr. Miskimins holds BS, MS, and PhD degrees in petroleum engineering and has over 25 years of experience in the petroleum industry. Between her BS and graduate degrees, she worked for Marathon Oil Company in a variety of locations as a production engineer and supervisor. Dr. Miskimins started teaching at CSM in 2002 and was full-time until 2013 when she returned to industry. From 2013-2016, she continued to hold a part-time appointment at CSM, advising research and graduate students, while working for Barree & Associates. In 2016, she returned full-time to the university.

Dr. Miskimins specializes in well completions, stimulation, hydraulic fracturing, and associated production issues. She is the founder and current Director of the Fracturing, Acidizing, Stimulation Technology (FAST) Consortium and also co-directs the Center for Earth Materials, Mechanics, and Characterization (CEMMC). Her research interest focus on the optimization of stimulation treatments and the importance of such on associated recovery efficiencies.

Dr. Miskimins served as the first Completions Technical Director on the SPE International Board of Directors from 2016-2018. She was an SPE Distinguished Lecturer in 2010-2011 and 2013-2014 on hydraulic fracturing in unconventional reservoirs. Dr. Miskimins serves on a variety of conference organizing committees, including the SPE Hydraulic Fracturing Technical Conference and Exhibition, and as a technical editor for various journals. She is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Colorado (License #36193).