Optimizing Fracking for Oil & Gas Wells

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Mohamed Soliman
Soliman has a bachelor’s degree in petroleum engineering with top honors from Cairo University, and master’s and doctoral degrees in petroleum engineering from Stanford University. His career has focused on reservoir completion and production engineering. He holds 17 patents on fracturing operations and analysis, testing and conformance applications. He is an author or co-author of over 150 technical papers and articles in areas of fracturing, reservoir engineering, well test analysis, conformance, and numerical simulation. He has designed and analyzed hundreds of pressure transients, FET, and micro-frac tests. He is a distinguished member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers.
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The early detection of "sweet spots" for oil/gas well site selection and fracturing in shale reservoirs is a challenge for many operators. Most of the time, unique parameters are utilized (i.e. brittleness) to determine the "sweet spots" for well site placement. Additionally, the fractures are generally placed equidistantly. This may create short transverse and/or axial fractures that are problematic during hydraulic fracturing and may create sub-optimal production. 

This technology utilizes an integrated approach to site selection and fracture sequencing that allows for the optimal productivity of the well.  This integrated approach utilizes both petrophysics and geomechancical data to to develop a Fracturability Index to guide well site selection and fracture positioning. 


Market Applications:

  • Oil and gas market
  • Hydraulic fracturing market


Features, Benefits, and Advantages:

• Optimal well selection for hydraulic fracturing

• Optimal fracture positioning 

• Enhanced productivity


Development Stage:

This technology has been produced and tested.