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Massive Hydraulic Fracturing - A Case History in Western Siberia, Russia (SPE 84916)


One well refractured with 216 tons 16/30 ceramic, building net pressure to increase fracture width.  Oil production increased from 60 tons/day with the initial conservative frac to 150 tons/day as a result of larger, more aggressive treatments.


Hydraulic fracturing has been the choice for well stimulation in Russia to enhance production for quite some time now. It was not until recently the treatment design has increased in size and magnitude in order to heed the country's aggressive production enhancement strategy to meet the local and international demand. The focus of this paper is to discuss the technical and operational applicability of Massive Hydraulic Fracturing (MHF) strategy to enhance production in the Russian oil fields. A case history of the first well that was treated with MHF is provided. The well reflects the large majority of Russian oil wells, especially in the Western Siberian region, which have tremendous potential to enhance production via this strategy.

The well falls in the low to intermediate permeability category (less than 1 to 50 md), which can often be converted to be excellent high producing wells by effective hydraulic fracturing technology coupled with proper artificial lifting system. A comprehensive technical analysis of the well before and after the treatment is provided. This includes production analysis using decline and/or type curve analysis before and after treatment, formation evaluation, well performance analysis to estimate the incremental gain, and forecasting. The design and operational aspects of the hydraulic fracturing treatment is also discussed. The results were encouraging. The production increased by more than double after the hydraulic fracturing treatment with relatively low water cut to date. The well was able to flow naturally after the treatment for a few months before artificial lift is installed.

Author(s): N. Nor-Azlan, A.I. Sanchez, Schlumberger; I.R. Diyashev, Sibneft, Russia

Paper Number: SPE 84916

URL: https://www.onepetro.org/conference-paper/SPE-84916-MS


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