• Optimizing Longitudinal Fracture Design for Horizontal Well Completions in Laminated Sandstone Reservoirs 

    A long-held misconception exists that high fracture conductivity is not essential to well productivity for longitudinal fractures in open-hole completions because the pressure drop through the fracture is small due to the geometry. This study provides workflows to optimize longitudinal fracture design for horizontal well completions on the North Slope of Alaska and presents practical considerations that challenge this misconception. Modeling results suggest that larger job sizes and bigger proppant are needed to achieve desirable skin factors and well inflow performance when the fracture becomes misaligned from the wellbore. 

    This presentation is from the 2022 SPE Hydraulic Fracturing Technology Conference and Exhibition. 

    • Paper Number: SPE- 209158-MS 
    • Published: 25 January 2022 
    • Authors: Junjing Zhang; Nola Zwarich; Robert Burton; Paul Carman; Eric Davis; Manabu Nozaki; Brian Buck; Adam Lewis; Brett Wendt 

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  • Optimizing Longitudinal Fracture Design for Horizontal Well Completions in Laminated Sandstone Reservoirs 

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