Schlumberger’s HiWay Frac Design Improves Eagle Ford Well Performance

SLB Sees Higher Production & Lower Costs in the Eagle Ford
Schlumberger HiWay Channel Fracturing

Schlumberger HiWay Channel Fracturing | Click to Enlarge

Schlumberger’s (SLB) HiWay flow channel frack design has been most successful in the Eagle Ford. The company has completed a significant number of wells in the basin and has shown the design increases production while utilizing less proppant.

The production response has not been as positive in other plays, but the company generally sees flat to higher production with lower well costs. The advantage where production isn’t higher is the cost savings realized by using 40% less sand/proppant.

Paal Kibsgaard, CEO, stated “We believe its (HiWay Frac’s) applicable in every basin”

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Record North American Revenue

Schlumberger reported strong results in the third quarter. The company’s North American revenue was up 7% and set an all time high at $3.6 billion.

The company did see downward pricing pressure, but less than it has experienced in prior quarters.

Schlumberger also discussed ongoing tests to increase the utilization of perforation clusters in completions. Prior tests have shown that 30-70% of perforation clusters do not contribute to production. The company is testing a diversion technology that is employed during the completion. Watch for future announcements from Schlumberger and other oilfield service providers.

If possible, it’s in everyone’s best interest to increase well performance by 30-70%.

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  1. aeroguy48 says:
  2. David Thiede says:

    OK, so what do you think of their approach? I don’t understand how they know that 30 to 70% of the perforation clusters don’t contribute to production. that doesn’t make sense to me. I can see thathorizontal sections with the highest pressure behind the pipe will produce first. I am not sure why the Hiway Frac is supposed work.

    • R.T. Dukes R.T. Dukes says:

      Those are good questions. Let me answer separately.

      I think the HiWay Frac design is likely great in certain areas and not so great in others. They are basically pulsing sand in in phases compared to a continuous flow. My understand is the pressure from the fracking fluids props open the reservoir better without the sand then the sand is able to travel further into the formation.

      As for perforations contributing to production, I think you’ll find the average is much closer to the low end of that range or below it. With that, it’s still significant. This has been talked about for years. It’s not necessarily where the highest pressures are, but where the frac is most effective. With the latest test, they are hoping to isolate areas that are not being fracked effectively.

      There are others who can probably offer a more scientific explanation. Feel free to chime in.

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