Showcasing hydraulic fracturing, fluid chemistries and geomechanics
For Aramco, the development of new approaches and techniques in hydraulic fracturing, fluid chemistries, and geomechanics has advanced the company’s knowledge and competitiveness in extracting unconventional gas in a relatively short time. As part of an ambitious domestic gas production plan seeking to double gas output over the next decade, to 23 billion standard cubic feet per day, gas sourced from shale formations is an important contributor to meet in-Kingdom energy demands.
New methods and technologies developed by our Houston Research Center and the Upstream group were shared in the areas of geomechanics, well completion, and stimulation practices as well as overall strategies for increasing production from unconventional wells.
Sessions were co-chaired by Houston Upstream professionals Theo Mallinson and Gang Han. To a standing room only crowd, Mallinson introduced the topic of mining big data in the session “Analytics and the Digital Oil Field” and Han, who specializes in geomechanics, co-chaired a session “Geomechanics II: In Situ Stresses, Stress Shadow and Microseismics.” Han also provided the keynote for the first American Rock Mechanics Association session “Hydraulic Fracturing Community and Model Runoff,” highlighting the work of the organization’s Technical Committee on hydraulic fracturing and its advancement of fundamental physics in fracturing.