STIMULATING SHALES-1 UNDERSTANDING THE RESERVOIR IMPORTANT TO SUCCESSFUL STIMULATION

David D. Cramer BJ Services Co. Denver In anisotropic Bakken shale reservoirs, fracture treatments serve to extend the well bore radius past a disturbed zone and vertically connect discrete intervals. Natural fractures in the near-well bore area strongly control the well deliverability rate. The Bakken is one of the few shale formations in the world with commercial oil production. This first of a two-part series covers the Bakken reservoir properties that influence production and stimulation

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