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Moxa Arch Frontier Development Success Through Increased Fracture Conductivity - Part 2 (SPE 30717)


In Moxa Arch, Wyoming, the production history of 550 wells was analyzed. The onset of condensate production correlated with a sharp loss of well productivity, corroborating the large multiphase effects demonstrated in the laboratory.  Seventy-nine wells were stimulated with higher conductivity RCS and LWC fractures, with production responses increasing an average of 70% compared to lower conductivity fractures.


Successful development of the Frontier formation in southwest Wyoming begins with the hydraulic fracture treatment design and implementation. Without a design to effectively stimulate the Frontier formation and a proper implementation of that design in the field, production rates will be limited. This paper will describe the results from an extensive drilling and completion program conducted by Bannon Energy Incorporated in the Frontier formation on the Moxa Arch.

Information from over 100 fracture treatments and the production response from over 550 wells will be used to demonstrate the significant improvement in gas production resulting from the fracture treatment designs and implementation methods employed. The effect of fracture conductivity on gas recovery from this formation will be demonstrated along with the effect of multi-phase flow on fracture conductivity.

Author(s): Schubarth, S.K., Falcon Petroleum Consultants, Inc.; Chabaud, R.A., Bannon Energy Incorporated; Penny, G.S., Stim-Lab Inc.

Paper Number: SPE 30717

URL: https://www.onepetro.org/conference-paper/SPE-30717-MS


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