2007 Unconventional Resources

Improvement of Fracturing in Gas Shales

Subcontractor: The University of Texas at Austin

Principal Investigator: Kishore Mohanty
Project Number Project Status
07122-38 Completed
RPSEA Project Manager: Charlotte Schroeder
Daneshy Consultants; BJ Services
Period of Performance
Start Date End Date
April 29, 2009 August 31, 2012
Total Project Cost RPSEA Share Cost Share
$630,146.00 $472,248.00 $153,816.00
Project Objectives

The objective of this project was to develop non-damaging fracture fluids (including proppants) for gas shale reservoirs that also minimize water use (and disposal) and demonstrate their use by field tests. Use of ultra-light weight proppants will be combined with foams to maximize fracture length, minimize formation damage, minimize water use, and minimize fluid disposal. The project will be executed in two phases: fluid development and field demonstration.

RPSEA Project Fact Sheet: Download 322.2 KB
Project Website: Improvement of Fracturing for Gas Shales
File Type Date
Improvement of Fracturing in Gas Shales ( 641.7 KB ) Topical Report 11/09
Improvement of Fracturing in Gas Shales ( 32.6 KB ) Technology Status Assessment 05/09
Improvement of Fracturing in Gas Shales ( 2.9 MB ) Final Report 08/12
Title: Fracturing with Light-Weight Proppants - 04/10 ( 863.6 KB )