N944 Shale Gas and Shale Oil Completions Using Multi-Staged Fracturing and Horizontal Wells

Course Facts

Course Code:
2 days
1.6 Continuing Education Units
16 Professional Development Hours
Certificate Issued Upon Completion


The course introduces basic shale candidate selection using petrophysical, geochemical and petroleum engineering information, then adds detailed practical knowledge of well planning, construction, stimulation, production and finally environmental conservation. It provides explanations, theory and practical understanding designed to recognize and build commercial completions and uses gas and oil play case histories from five commercial North American shales: Barnett, Eagle Ford, Gothic, Horn River and Marcellus.

Duration and Training Method

This is a two-day classroom course consisting of classroom lectures, construction examples and group exercises with field frac examples.

Participants will learn to:

  1. Assess general gas and oil production potential of candidate shale reservoirs. 
  2. Select limiting factors in shale hydrocarbon production such as faults, regional fractures, fluid saturations, natural fractures and frac barriers.
  3. Estimate potential for initial production and decline rates.
  4. Formulate a shale gas development plan using multi-well pads and simple facilities.
  5. Design a well completion suitable for pressure containment and multi-stage fracturing.
  6. Select frac stages from logs and locate perforation clusters for effective hydraulic diversion.
  7. Design and execute a fracture stimulation.
  8. Develop flowback limits to effectively recover load fluids and preserve well energy for unloading water.
  9. Select the basic production equipment for the well.
  10. Supervise effective water use and flow back management.

Shales are the most abundant sedimentary rock and many, but not all, contain commercial quantities of gas and/or hydrocarbon liquids. Shales offer thousands of tcf of gas and hundreds of millions of barrels of oil as reserves, but they require careful selection and special stimulation methods to achieve commercial production and returns. The role of technology is critical in improving recoverable fluids.

Topics Covered 

  1. Assess General Gas and Oil Production Potential and Select Limiting Factors in Shale Hydrocarbon Production
  2. Estimate Potential for Initial Production and Decline
  3. Geologic Impacts – Mapping – From Macro to Micro
  4. Formulate Shale Development – Multi-Well Pads & Facilities
  5. Design A Well Completion - based on life of well containment
  6. Completion Type
  7. Select Frac & Perf Stages from Logs, Set Hydraulic Diversion
  8. Design a Frac Stimulation, Identify Pressure Trends & Flags
  9. Pumping the Frac
  10. Necessary Chemicals
  11. Special Frac Topics
  12. Flowback Strategy
  13. Production
  14. Develop an Effective Water Use and Recycling Strategy
  15. Shale Frac Risk
  16. Air Emission Reductions

Who should attend

The course is designed for mid level engineers and managers.

Prerequisites and linking courses

Familiarity with basic completion and stimulation methods is expected, as presented in N959 (Hydraulic Fracturing for Conventional, Tight and Shale Reservoirs).

Related engineering courses on shale topics include N973 (Reservoir Engineering for Unconventional Gas and Tight Oil Reservoirs), N957 (Forecasting Production and Estimating Reserves in Unconventional Reservoirs), N986 (Reservoir and Production Engineering of Resource Plays) and N989 (Rate and Pressure Transient Analysis for Unconventional Reservoirs).


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George King

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