The Fracturing Plan: Hit a Well 300 ft Away—How Hard Could That Be?

Hitting the next well during fracturing happens all the time. Predictably doing that on a large scale in granite looks a lot harder. Backed by $220 million from the US Department of Energy, the Utah FORGE team’s goal is to develop the techniques and tools needed to create well-to-well flow paths through rocks that are at more than 400°F and then send the heated fluids to the surface to power electric generation. This approach is known as an enhanced geothermal system (EGS). A paper recently presented at the SPE Hydraulic Fracturing Technology Conference highlighted the problem. The reservoir modeling firm ResFrac offered examples of what can be done to understand geothermal fracturing systems, but said it is not yet possible to model a well plan for a specific location.

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What Is Really Happening When Parent and Child Wells Interact?

Insights from an ongoing industry study on North American shale wells help explain what frac hits, or fracture-driven interactions, are doing between offset wells, and why. When trying to understand the well-to-well events known as frac hits and fracture-driven interactions (FDIs), the first idea to embrace is this: they are not all the same. “And the key physical mechanisms are not the same,” said Mark McClure, who added that, “Until you’ve really dialed in on what those are, you’re really in the dark.”

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Why Multistage Stimulation Could Transform the Geothermal Industry

Flow rate is a major challenge for geothermal. However, the techniques used in shale to prevent flow localization can be applied directly to geothermal. If we can create hundreds or thousands of flowing fracture pathways around a horizontal or deviated geothermal well, then we will have truly “changed the game.” Read the article at the Journal of Petroleum Technology.

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Mark McClure, CEO of ResFrac Corporation

TWA Energy Influencers 2021

We’re excited to announce that Mark McClure, ResFrac CEO was chosen to receive a “TWA Energy Influencers Class of 2021” award, given by The Way Ahead, a publication of the Society of Petroleum Engineers.  This honor was given to seventeen young professionals, under the age of 36, “who excel in their fields at a level superior to that of their peers, yielding second-to-none achievements. Their outstanding efforts help shape the narrative around key issues in the energy sector for future generations.” Learn more about all those awarded on The Way Ahead website.

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Frac Tech: Simulation Sheds Light On Complex Relationships Between Parent-Child Wells

HOUSTON– Hess Corp. applied advanced numerical modeling and simulation to better understand complex relationships between a horizontal parent and two vertical child wells completed in the Middle Bakken formation. The results not only help make sense of diverse parent/child well observations, but also shed new light on effective frac length, the impact of frac hits on parent well production, proppant distribution and “trapping,” and more.

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Exclusive 360 Energy Expert Network Video Interview: Understanding Your Reservoir – A conversation w/Mark McClure, CEO, ResFrac

Mark McClure, CEO,  of ResFrac Corporation was interviewed on the Energy 360 Podcast by Dan Genovese, Director of Consulting Services at Enercom to discuss unique modeling in a three-dimensional simulator for reservoir simulations. In this market, every dollar counts in your limited capital budgets. Click to view the interview and learn more about the collaboration, transparency and the realism in the fluid flow and Proppant transport.

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