LOUISIANA HAYNESVILLE SHALE—1: Characteristics, production potential of Haynesville shale wells described

Mark J. Kaiser Yunke Yu Louisiana State University Baton Rouge The contribution of the Haynesville shale to Louisiana's gas production has been phenomenal: After 3 years, almost 60% of the state's gas output is now sourced from the Haynesville (Fig. 1). The Haynesville is the deepest, hottest, and highest pressured shale among the big four plays (the others being Barnett, Fayetteville, and Marcellus) and also the most expensive, with drilling and completion cost at $7-10 million/well. The potential rewards are great, however, with initial production averaging 10 MMcfd and expected recoveries of 2-4 bcf/well. The purpose of this article is to describe the productivity characteristics of ...

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