This paper describes the evolution and field application of fracture stimulation techniques applied to the Murta reservoir in South Australia, where unique conditions govern fracture stimulation design. The use of a minimum viscosity pad fluid has been shown to provide effective fracture height growth constraint and provide for efficient fracture length propagation, resulting in increased productivity index improvement.

Fracture stimulation has proved to be a viable technique to allow economic exploitation of this resource, while allowing its continual appraisal.

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