Carbo Ceramics

Low-density ceramic proppant elevates production in Niobrara discovery - Piceance basin

The client’s primary objectives for its Niobrara Piceance basin development were increasing productivity, while reducing stimulation costs, to take full advantage of the area’s well-established gathering and processing infrastructure. That goal was accentuated with the completion of its high-pressure, high-temperature (HPHT) discovery well. The well was completed with bottom hole temperatures up to 300°F and up to 10,000-psi bottomhole pressures. Proppant selection was recognized as critical to achieving optimal crush strengths and flowback resistance to ultimately provide maximum conductivity. Owing largely to the operator’s successful experience with ceramic proppant in its Bakken shale oil wells, the technology was seen as a high-potential candidate for the HPHT Piceance gas well. In the Bakken wells, properly selected ceramic proppant exhibited comparatively higher conductivity than sand proppant, thereby increasing production appreciably.

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