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In order to maximize efficiency and reduce completion costs, Calfrac Well Services partnered with a Piceance Basin operator by hydraulically fracturing two wells simultaneously with one pressure pumping fleet. This technique has been referred to as double barrel fracturing. With double barrel completions, the operator is effectively able to minimize the time it takes to fracture its wells.
Calfrac’s laboratory services continuously evaluates friction reducers to provide customers with quality products for pumping operations. CalVisc CS-2™ has been developed to work in a wide range of friction reduction applications and can be used in both slickwater and high viscosity friction reducer (HVFR) applications.
The CalVisc™ frac fluid system was introduced in the Williston Basin in 2014 as an alternative to traditional crosslinked fluid systems. CalVisc provides many completion advantages including fracture complexity, minimal to no loss in fracture conductivity, improved clean-up and fewer chemicals pumped.
The CalVisc™ fluid system was introduced to the Montney in late 2015 as an alternative to the traditional slickwater/hybrid fluid systems. Being a high concentration friction reduced system, CalVisc provides many advantages over a dual fracturing system design including the elimination of the hybrid portion of a conventional Montney fracturing treatment.
Calfrac's Smithfield, Pennsylvania operation performed above and beyond customer expectations on the first annular coiled tubing fracturing completion technique executed in the Pennsylvania Marcellus Basin. Using NCS Multistage casing sleeves, the treatment was performed with Calfrac’s CWS-600 Slickwater System.
Due to high formation pressure experienced while drilling the lateral section of a Utica well, the customer’s drilling operations required a drilling fluid density increase to 18.5 pounds per gallon (ppg). Calfrac’s experienced personnel were called upon to customize the cement blend, manage the logistics of obtaining materials required to increase density, ensure mud/ spacer/cement compatibility, and safely complete the operation while working in extreme winter conditions.
Formations in the Western Canadian Sedimentary Basin are continuously being completed in the pursuit of optimizing sand placement during hydraulic fracturing operations. Typical fracturing techniques in the Montney and Cardium area have included placing proppant into clusters between zones, which does not homogeneously distribute stimulation fluid between the multiple perforation intervals.
Calfrac has specifically designed surface equipment and operating procedures to complete a +6,000m annular fracturing operation beyond the previously defined 10,000 psi pressure limitation.
Calfrac has done extensive research and incorporated theoretical and empirical results to extend pumping rates with annular fracturing to 7m3/min in 4.5” casing and to 10m3/min in 5.5” casing.