Technological advances expand potential pay

Technological advancements and rising gas prices came together in the late 1990s to overcome the complexities involved in developing the tight Barnett shale formation in north central Texas.Slickwater fracture stimulations in the play have had good success in improving hydrocarbon recovery during the last 6 years. But operators are now looking to highly detailed reservoir characterization studies and more refined completion and fracturing practices to further improve recovery efficiencies as infill and expansion drilling continues.This first in a series of two articles reviews the industry's latest reservoir characterization capability. The concluding part will detail the current comp...

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