Special Report: Understanding process key to shale gas development

Making hydrocarbon production from shales a profitable venture requires a process for driving down overall costs. It is clear from experience in these tight, widely varying resource plays that companies achieve an advantage through many efficiencies reached during the entire exploration and development process.The starting point is critical to the success of this process. Because shale varies greatly, what works in one reservoir or well probably will not be as effective in the next. Failure to understand the difference leads to expensive miscalculations and prolonged well development.Each shale well and reservoir requires a high degree of understanding to reach its full economic potential...

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