Deep Gas Utica Well Utilizes CARBO Ceramics’ Proppant Technology
CARBO Ceramics Inc. recently announced the successful use of KRYPTOSPHERE® LD in the Utica for CONSOL Energy. This is the first well to utilize KRYPTOSPHERE LD to maximize hydrocarbon flow for the life of the well.
In its first application, KRYPTOSPHERE LD was used at a depth of approximately 13,500 ft. Under these stress conditions, this technology was reportedly selected for its better economics, strength, improved proppant transport and increased propped fracture volume. KRYPTOSPHERE LD removed the need for gel and crosslinked fluids, leading to a reduction in overall completion cost. Initial production from the first well using KRYPTOSPHERE LD produced more than 61.9 MMcfd of natural gas in a 24-hour period, reportedly making it one of the highest producing wells in the Utica to date.
KRYPTOSPHERE LD is engineered to have the same characteristics as KRYPTOSPHERE HD, providing high conductivity across the range of stress well conditions. It reportedly exceeds the conductivity of existing low-density proppant and reduces wear on pressure pumping equipment, providing higher production and estimated ultimate recovery (EUR). In addition, the KRYPTOSPHERE LD technology provides higher conductivity, improved proppant transport and increased propped fracture volume compared to intermediate-density and bauxite ceramics.
“Integrating KRYPTOSPHERE LD technology into our completion design is an example of how CONSOL Energy has achieved the completion efficiency that has allowed us to showcase three of the top 10 dry Utica well results to date across the industry,” said Kirby Walker, director of Regional Operations.
“Commercializing innovations like KRYPTOSPHERE LD that lower the operator’s cost to produce oil and gas is a necessity in today’s challenging environment,” said Don Conkle, vice president, sales and marketing for CARBO Ceramics. “Working with leading operators such as CONSOL Energy, who make it possible to introduce such technologies, affirms the investment CARBO is making in technologies that improve reservoir recovery and F&D costs.”
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