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E-457 - Basic Hydraulic Fracturing

5 days PRO/HYDFRACE
Level
Foundation
Audience
  • Drilling, completion or production engineers, supervisors, laboratory staff, not specialized in wellbore treatment.
Purpose
  • This course provides a comprehensive overview of hydraulic fracturing operations.
Learning Objectives
  • Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to:
  • identify the impact of fracturing parameters on well productivity,
  • design hydraulic fracturing operations: materials, equipment and procedures used for fracturing,
  • supervise the hydraulic fracturing operations,
  • assess and measure the success of these operations.
Prerequisite
  • No prerequisites for this course.
Ways and means
  • Numerous videos and animations.
  • Practical exercises.
Observation
See also the course “Wellbore Treatments” (E-455).

INTRODUCTION TO HYDRAULIC FRACTURING 0.5 day
  • Productivity index, skin effect, flow efficiency.
  • Damage in the formation and in the pack.
  • Candidate selection.
DESCRIPTION OF THE PROCESS 0.5 day
  • In situ stress, fracture orientation and fracture propagation.
  • Different types of pressures: net pressure, tortuosity, friction.
  • Fluid leak-off, slurry efficiency, dimensionless fracture conductivity.
FRACTURING FLUIDS, PROPPANTS & FRACTURE CONDUCTIVITY 1 day
  • Types of fracturing fluids.
  • Types of proppants.
  • Fluid and proppant selection.
INPUT & FRACTURE DESIGN 1 day
  • Requirement for fracture design.
  • Fracture growth analysis.
  • Hydraulic fracturing models.
EQUIPMENT & PLACEMENT TECHNIQUES 1 day
  • Surface pumping equipment.
  • Placement techniques in vertical and horizontal wells.
  • Planning and executing operation.
FLOW BACK, FRACTURE MAPPING & POST-JOB ANALYSIS 0.5 day
  • Flow back techniques: wellhead isolation tool, frac valve.
  • Mapping: well test, tracer and micro-seismic.
  • Post-job evaluation.
QUIZ, ASSESSMENT & FEEDBACK 0.5 day