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Shale – Conceptual Drilling Design

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Unit Description

Integral to the Well Concept step in field development, Conceptual Drilling Design incorporates the boundary conditions of the Reservoir Characterization and assists an engineering team in understanding exactly what is possible in field development and, more importantly, what is optimal. Shale development wells typically include a long horizontal segment drilled and completed in the target shale. The horizontal trajectory should be at an angle no more than 45 degrees from the minimum stress direction, and the horizontal borehole must provide sufficient integrity to host multiple hydraulic fracture stages. Applying appropriate drilling design techniques that are bound by the Reservoir Characterization early in the Well Concept stage of field development will potentially save design time and almost surely result in optimal recovery in the long run.

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Unit content:

Well Concept
Trajectory through productive formation
Openhole or cased
Surface to target

Managed pressure

The IPO series of courses are jointly developed by EPT International and iSSi (i-Stimulation Solutions, Inc.). The primary instructors for these courses are Professor Christine Ehlig-Economides and Dr. Ibrahim S. Abou-Sayed. These oil and gas courses are taught here in Houston, TX at our main office with regular frequency, and by request, on location almost anywhere in the world. Please check our calendar for any course updates, or contact us for further information about scheduling. Please note, our course materials are updated frequently based on industry developments and can easily be adapted to suit your specific needs or required topics.

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