Well Engineering and Production > Advanced Well Stimulation Strategies

About this Training Course

Optimal drainage of a reservoir, both physically and economically, is not as straightforward as it used to be in the good old days. Different well paths are available for different geological structures: conventional vertical, vertical, slanted and horizontal wells. Also corkscrew, fish hook wells or snake wells are on offering if the geology demands. Next to that various types of multilateral, multiple horizontal wells, complete the picture. Drillers can do anything, but will those wells flow? Often hydraulic fracturing is required, especially in low permeability reservoirs. The question is: How do we clean, stimulate or otherwise optimise the inflow?

In the drive towards more technically challenging completions, too often not enough attention is paid to the details of inflow performance optimisation. This can result in disappointingly poor or less than optimum production. Asset managers, advisors and engineers involved in the planning, execution, and evaluation of well completions need to have the background in what is possible using modern well stimulation and other production optimisation techniques and tools.

This course is designed for those involved in all aspects of well completion design but has emphasis on well stimulation. Obviously, to be able to make decisions, it is important to understand the characteristics of the “drainage volume” in relation to the well paths. Therefore, time will be allocated during the course in discussing inflow performance and consequently, the stimulation design. In other words, how does the geology affect the well stimulation design for vertical and horizontal wells in sandstones, shales and carbonates? The course will have its focus on hydraulic fracturing and fracturing design, quality control, conducting the treatment, monitoring pressures and other critical parameters, during and after the treatment.

What are the benefits you will gain by attending this course?

  • Identify the best and most economical, method to enhance and optimise well inflow performance
  • Select candidates for acidizing and hydraulic fracturing treatments, both propped and acid fracturing
  • Understand the purpose of acidizing treatments
  • Work with a basic understanding of fracture mechanics concepts such as Net Pressure
  • Understand the design and execution of and evaluate hydraulic fracturing treatments
  • Understand the purpose of a pre-frac diagnostic test (minifrac, stepdown test etc.) and how to resolve near wellbore tortuosity issues

This training program has been researched and developed for those involved in the planning, economics, execution and evaluation of well completions, in conventional as well as unconventional plays including shale gas, coal bed methane, etc.

  • Asset managers
  • Development geologist
  • Drilling engineers
  • Economists
  • Field engineers
  • Field managers
  • Geologists
  • Middle management
  • Oil field technical staff
  • Petroleum engineers
  • Production engineers
  • Production managers
  • Production technologist
  • Reservoir engineers
  • Senior technologists

The course has a strong interactive format. Participants are encouraged to bring their own cases. The aim is that the time is spent roughly 50 / 50 on lecturing and students working on case studies divided into teams to evaluate and design stimulation treatments.

Each topic is introduced by a concise lecture followed by one or two exercises. Simple Excel based tools will be made available to select candidates, find the best fluid, analyse a minifrac, identify and solve near well bore issues such as tortuosity etc. At the end of the course, participants will be able to select candidates and make a hydraulic fracturing design by ‘hand’.

The course concludes with a comprehensive exercise in which the students, with the aid of state of the art hydraulic fracturing simulator (M-Frac), will:

  • Select candidates from group of wells
  • Make a proposal for the selection of a treatment for each candidate
  • Design of the selected treatment
  • Make a comparison with alternative treatment(s)

Individual cases are welcome. So participants with a field or a cluster of wells for which they want to select candidates and to design treatments, are encouraged to bring those along.

The format is informal; students are encouraged to ask questions, make comments, etc.

Course Leader 1
Your course leader’s career with the Oil and Gas industry spans some 30 years in the areas of Production Engineering, Production Optimisation and Water Management, Strategic Innovation, Scenario Planning, and New Business Development. He became President of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) in 2009. Course Leader 2 Your course leader is a specialist in well stimulation operations with over 35 years’ experience in the Oil industry. He started his career in E & P in Shell in 1974 as a researcher on various well stimulation subjects. He served Shell in a number of roles both in research as well as in the practical application of well stimulation in the Netherlands, Venezuela, Scotland and the USA. During his career in Shell, he became Shell’s global stimulation coordinator and Principal Technical Expert on well stimulation, providing active advice from his Shell Houston and Shell Rijswijk offices to all Shell Operating Units around the world. He played a leading role in the development of the Shell/Halliburton acidizing design program STIM2001 and Shell’s in-house fracture design program. He wrote a number of Shell field guidelines for the application of acidicing and hydraulic fracturing.

To further optimise your learning experience from our courses, we also offer individualized “One to One” coaching support for 2 hours post training. We can help improve your competence in your chosen area of interest, based on your learning needs and available hours. This is a great opportunity to improve your capability and confidence in a particular area of expertise. It will be delivered over a secure video conference call by one of our senior trainers. They will work with you to create a tailor-made coaching program that will help you achieve your goals faster.
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