About this Training Course

Injecting water, sand, and chemicals into shale and tight rock formations deep underground has unlocked vast hydrocarbon reserves previously considered uneconomical to exploit. Over the past decade, fracking has transformed US into the world’s largest oil producer. It has also made America an exporter of oil and gas – something once unthinkable. A knowledge of this technology is essential for every oil and gas industry professional. At the same time, a deep understanding of the processes involved behind the mere horizontal wells, multistage fracturing, and fracturing chemicals is important for engineers and scientists to fully exploit this technology and use it in an optimum way. How can we assimilate the US experience gained after fracking some 1.5 million well? Replicating the US experience of tight and shale gas fracturing outside its home, is a billion-dollar question that we will attempt to answer in this course.

Hydraulic fracturing has many dimensions – drilling, completion, fluids, reservoir, geomechanics, fracture modelling and design, fracturing operation, production and reservoir management. We will cover these topics in-depth from the basics to the latest developments and the technologies involved.

There is also a lot of controversy about environmental concerns. The lack of knowledge is so severe that even some aspiring presidents are talking about banning fracking. How valid are these concerns surrounding the pollution of our drinking water and cause of earthquakes by fracking? It is important for professionals in the Oil & Gas industry to have an in-depth understanding of such risks and concerns rather than believe hearsay.

By the end of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Review hydraulic fracturing. Learn how to design, execute and evaluate fracture treatment for conventional and unconventional reservoirs. A review of fracturing best practices from US.
  • Understand the essentials of geomechanics. Estimating rock mechanical properties and building geo-mechanical model for an effective design of hydraulic fracture.
  • Apply the concepts of well stimulation using hydraulic fracturing to various types of reservoir conditions (low to high permeability, sandstone to carbonates) to optimize well productivity.
  • Understand frac on paper. This will include a full operational design and execution of hydraulic fracture on paper to understand every aspect of the operation.
  • Recognise opportunities for production improvement in new developments or mature assets by application of effective hydraulic fracturing.
  • Realise the strengths and limitations of hydraulic fracture theory as it relates to field applications of fracturing.
  • Select the optimum design to maximise NPV of the assets.
  • Become an active participant in each fracturing treatment and be able to select the right technology for fracturing.

The course is designed for production, reservoir and drilling engineers as well as those in the Oil & Gas industry who require a better understanding of fracturing applications.

The course will cover many practical exercises and class problems based on case histories. Participants will be able to take home a fresh approach to hydraulic fracturing, with more effective fracturing applications.

Your expert course leader is an established industry professional with 36 years of worldwide experience, having spent 20 years with Schlumberger as Interpretation and Production Enhancement Manager, 4 years with ENI as subsurface lead manager, 6 years with PETRONAS as principal reservoir engineer, and 6.5 years with Baker Hughes as Reservoir and Production Manager. He is a subject matter expert in unconventional resources and EOR. His core expertise includes tight gas reservoir engineering, field development planning in conventional and unconventional plays, reservoir management, fluid sampling and analysis, production enhancement, geomechanics, hydraulic fracturing, EOR, and unconventional gas.

He has published more than 15 SPE papers. He previously worked as a petrophysicist for 3 years before moving on to reservoir engineering. Along with dual skills of reservoir engineering and petrophysics in service and oil companies in 10 different countries and numerous sandstone and carbonate fields and equipped with industry and academic experience, he has managed large teams, projects, and business across countries. His role varied from team lead, to subsurface manager and mentor; in both conventional and unconventional reservoirs; from land to deep-water projects. He is also a visiting lecturer for post graduate courses in Well Testing and Reservoir Simulation.