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Protect Wells During Frac Plug Drillouts and Well Flowback Operations using Multiphase Flow Meters

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Course Credit: 0.15 CEU, 1.5 PDH

Multi-stage hydraulic fractured horizontal wellbores are the dominant completion method for many shale plays worldwide. The well completion operation is followed by the well start up procedure, usually consisting of the frac-plug drill out (FPDO) and the well flowback. Those operations are designed to prepare the well for the production period. Poor management of FDPO and flowback operations on wells with freshly constructed hydraulic fractures, may jeopardize the investments made in completing the well, and may seriously reduce the well’s profitability. Previously reported results show that flowback and initial production practices have a major impact on proppant production, maintenance and disposal costs, and the subsequent well performance.

In this webinar we will present the summary of the results obtained from over 200 FPDO and flowback operations in the United States and Argentina. The data acquired using surface multiphase flowmeters (MPFM) was essential to track the onset of rate instabilities and sand production to limit fracture damage and proppant flowback. The results show that operating a well within the safe stability limits of the hydraulic fracture network minimizes risk of fracture damage and maximizes well performance.

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


Katharine MoncadaKatharine Moncada is a production engineer currently working as a reservoir champion at SLB. She supports multiphase flowmeter implementations as permanent installations and for flowback operations. Her work has included production data analysis to optimize well performance for unconventional resources in the U.S. and started her career with Schlumberger in 2005 as part of the Well Performance Team supporting Gulf of Mexico operations. Prior to SLB, Ms. Moncada worked as a field engineer, running production logging tools and pressure memory gauges for a service company in Colombia. She holds a MS degree in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Oklahoma.