Economic Conductivity

Understand your Economic Conductivity

To truly evaluate the realistic production potential and return on investment for any proppant in the fracture, an Economic Conductivity analysis should be used.

Economic Conductivity analysis factors in the proppant cost, reservoir contact and downhole conditions to determine the realistic conductivity of a fracture based on proppant quality, strength, shape and consistency. This enables proppant selection to be based on realistic production, EUR and the total costs of hydraulic fracturing activities.

We can perform Economic Conductivity analysis and help our clients to identify and build the optimal fracture designs for their reservoir that will based meet both their production and economic objectives.

Hierarchy of proppant value

Understanding conductivity in realistic conditions

Evaluating proppant performance in the reservoir requires an understanding of realistic conductivity to ensure that the specified proppant provides the required conductivity in downhole conditions based on your contact strategy.

API RP19-D or ISO 13503-5 test conditions are overly simplistic and yield conductivity results that do not reflect the actual conductivity – or production and recovery – experienced in realistic downhole conditions.

Any laboratory reference conductivity test data must be significantly reduced to account for realistic conditions including:

  • Non-Darcy flow
  • Multiphase flow
  • Reduced proppant concentration
  • Gel damage
  • Cyclic stress
  • Fines migration
  • Temperature

Our proppant and fracture technology specialist can help you to understand proppant conductivity in the reservoir to inform the optimal proppant selection and fracture design for your well.


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