Carbo Ceramics is getting a clearer look at where the proppant goes. The ceramic proppant maker showed much-improved images at this year’s conference (SPE 184880) compared with the ones shown last year, as well as a new set of images showing three stages of a Marcellus gas well. The presentation at the start of the conference’s technical sessions drew a large crowd. The method discussed uses metallically coated ceramic proppant that is activated by an electric current run through the reservoir. The new method promises a deep look that is not available using alternatives such as radioactive markers, which are visible only within a couple feet of the wellbore.
Author(s): Stephen Rassenfoss, Emerging Technology Senior Editor