Hydraulic fracturing is the single most commonly applied completion and intervention approach across the globe, from high-permeability reservoirs at one end of the scale to hard to recover formations at the other. Constantly, changing, adapting and challenging established thinking, it is one of the most successfully applied techniques that is used within the oil and gas industry.
While we are all taught and introduced to fracturing theory and fundamentals, there is no real replacement for extensive operational exposure and experience, in planning, executing and working with hydraulic fracturing operations in a variety of situations. It is through this particular lens that some of the key factors, themes and consistent issues can be fully appreciated, registered and subsequently acted upon.
The purpose of this presentation is to outline, impart and share, those major issues that directly impact the potential success of hydraulic fracturing operations, that have presented themselves to this Lecturer, particularly in new/overseas areas. This feedback is based on more than 30 years of performing Exploration, Appraisal and Development operations; in diverse, frontier and challenging environments across some 35 Countries and many Basins. The themes and advice will be shared by means of actual case histories.
A successful Lecture would result in a refreshed and focused awareness of the relative importance of these key factors on successful operations. The lessons learned are multi-disciplinary in nature and this renewed level of awareness will generate fresh perspective from the attendees, and encourage open discussion with their colleagues from other disciplines, on fracturing understanding and interpretation. This is particularly important as large scale fracturing developments extend into new International areas, where skillsets and experience will sometimes be less well established.
Martin Rylance is the BP Wells Manager for Russia and their Global Advisor for Hydraulic Fracturing and Stimulation. He has worked with BP for 30 Years, since graduating with a BSc in Pure Mathematics. He has numerous publications to his name, is a previous SPE DL, he received the SPE GCS Completions Optimisation Award in 2015, is an SPE Distinguished Member and a Fellow of the Institute of Mathematics.
Technically, he has been involved in all aspects of pumping, well interventions and pressure control service. More recently he has specialised in hard to recover resources and fracturing in tectonic and HPHT environments. During his career he has been responsible for the implementation of numerous intervention campaigns, pilots and exploration programmes. Having lived in more than 12 Countries and pumped in more than 35, he has created and managed Teams that have delivered 10s of 1,000’s of treatments around the globe.
Make sure you enter the (*) required information where indicated. HTML code is not allowed.