ENHANCING PRODUCTIVITY OF MODERATE TO LOW PERMEABILITY OIL BEARING SANDSTONE FORMATION WITH HYDRAULIC FRACTURING IN THE WESTERN DESERT OF EGYPT

للكاتبين :

K. M. Mowafi, M. M. Shahat, Hanafy Hussien, Y. El. Gendi, Fred Wehr, Patrick Jennings,

Khalda Petroleum Company

ABSTRACT:

Hydraulic fracturing is one of the common methods utilized to enhance production from tight

hydrocarbon bearing reservoirs. Hydraulic fracturing although used extensively in some parts of the

world has not been applied as widespread as some may think. Fracturing is a relatively new technology

in some areas of the world and thus has taken time to gain acceptance as an effective completion

technique to stimulate production, bypass damage and connect multiple stacked thin bed laminated pay

zones.

Discussion of reservoir properties in this paper will review difficult rock properties of the reservoirs

subjected to hydraulic fracturing. Also, it will review the incremental production and incremental

reserve due to fracture treatment versus non-stimulated completions. As a conclusion, the hydraulic

fracturing was proved to be a necessary process to enhance development of many idle tight reservoirs

widely spread through the western desert which are still considered as non-profitable reservoirs by

several operating companies. Currently, the hydraulic fractured wells are sharing significantly in

Khalda total production and many development projects including production and waterflooding are

being implemented.

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