Basic Hydraulic FracturingCOMP/HYDFRACE

Who should attend?

  • This course provides a comprehensive overview of hydraulic fracturing operations.
Audience :
  • Drilling, completion or production engineers, supervisors, laboratory staff, not specialized in wellbore treatment.

Level : Foundation

Course Content

  • INTRODUCTION TO HYDRAULIC FRACTURING

      • Productivity index, skin effect, flow efficiency.
      • Damage in the formation and in the pack.
      • Candidate selection.
  • DESCRIPTION OF THE PROCESS

      • 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

      • Types of fracturing fluids.
      • Types of proppants.
      • Fluid and proppant selection.
  • INPUT & FRACTURE DESIGN

      • Requirement for fracture design.
      • Fracture growth analysis.
      • Hydraulic fracturing models.
  • EQUIPMENT & PLACEMENT TECHNIQUES

      • Surface pumping equipment.
      • Placement techniques in vertical and horizontal wells.
      • Planning and executing operation.
  • FLOW BACK, FRACTURE MAPPING & POST-JOB ANALYSIS

      • Flow back techniques: wellhead isolation tool, frac valve.
      • Mapping: well test, tracer and micro-seismic.
      • Post-job evaluation.
      • Environmental considerations
  • CONCLUSION, ASSESSMENT & FEEDBACK

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.

Ways & Means

  • Numerous videos and animations.
  • Practical exercises.