Barry Brunsman Gas Research Institute Chicago Bryan Saunders S.A. Holditch & Associates Inc. College Station, Tex. Given the high cost to drill and complete tight gas sand wells, advances in drilling and completion technology that result in even modest cost savings to the producer have the potential to generate tremendous savings for the natural gas industry. A Gas Research Institute (GRI) study identified individual drilling and completion costs that account for more than 5% of the total well cost for the Cotton Valley, Frontier, and Wilcox formations. Stimulation, casing, and drilling rig costs are consistently a high percentage of...

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