Since 1st February 2019 Total E&P UAE Unconventional Gas B.V started to operate the Diyab shale gas field in which three horizontal exploration wells had been drilled by ADNOC. Mult- stage hydraulic fracturing treatments were performed on these wells followed by long term well testing to assess the formation potential for a further development.

It was a challenging project since it was the first shale gas frac campaign in UAE where the unconventional reservoir developments are at beginning phase. Various operational problems emerged in wireline pump down, coiled tubing milling and H2S treatment operations, especially during execution in the first well. These operational issues were mainly related to equipment availability and compatibility, personnel competency, logistics support and societal concerns of environment. Corrective measures and innovative designs were conducted to solve the technical issues and improve the operation performance. Good learning curves of different operations were achieved from the first well to the third one.

The lessons learned from this hydraulic fracturing campaign are valuable experience that will be applied to the future pilot wells in Diyab field for the continuous optimization.

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