During hydraulic fracturing of low to moderate (0.1 – 50 md) permeability reservoirs using crosslinked gel fluids, the final proppant stage displacement is designed to leave some volume of proppant slurry above the perforated interval. This practice of underflushing is based on a paradigm that considers the overdisplacement of proppant past perforations to be a major risk to well productivity. The theory behind this paradigm is investigated and finds that it relies on several physically unrealistic assumptions. Numerical simulations were performed to understand the impact of a fracture overflush on well productivity. A new methodology was developed for overflushing fractures that enables significant cost/time savings without impacting well productivity. A multi-well field trial in a 2-20 md reservoir was conducted andcompared well performance from overflushed crosslinked gel fractures to underflushed fractures. Some of the trial results have been reported by the authors (Chaplygin et. al. (2019)) and are further updated/analyzed in this work. The analysis confirmed that the managed overflush fractures have equivalent performance to underflushed fractures. The analysis also confirmed multiple benefits from the managed overflush wells including reductions in completion costs/time and an improved HSSE risk profile. The results challenge the validity of this decades old paradigm.

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