Reservoir characterization improves stimulation, completion practices

BARNETT SHALE— ConclusionImproved reservoir-characterization insights allow operators to custom-fit stimulations and completion practices in the highly variable Barnett shale reservoirs.This concluding article in a two-part series that began in OGJ, Jan. 19, 2004, p. 51, on the Barnett shale covers the current practices of stimulating and completing the Barnett shale wells in the Fort Worth basin of Texas.Waterfracs open playThe initial stimulations in the Barnett shale play were small, conventional, 500,000-lb sand gel fracture treatments that soon gave way to large, conventional, greater than 1.5-million-lb sand gel fracs. Click here to enlarge imageGrowth in the play, however, d...

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