Placement of a fracture in a formation has become a well-understood process in the industry. Recently, this practice was improved by the introduction of a method to properly initiate the fracture into a specific direction using super-high-energy jetting. A drawback of this jetting method though is not knowing exactly where the far-field fracture has gone. Although we know that the fracture will extend in the local minimum-stress direction, it is not known where that direction might be. In all probability, the fracture has gone into a less-than-desired area in the formation, and will result in only an "acceptable" improvement of production.

It was once thought that refracturing merely reopened existing fractures. Recently, however, it has been shown that refracturing can actually create new fractures. In addition, when refracturing causes older fractures to reopen, the results generally show that some new area has been reached by the fracture. It is the opinion of this paper that these new areas are not substantially different from the one reached by the first fracture because local depletion enhances the effects of the original stress regime.

This paper discusses a process whereby fractures are generated in a formation using at least two different fracturing techniques to reach formations in a manner not reached by conventional fracturing alone. In this process, the first fracture may achieve "acceptable" production goals, although the cost may be high. A second fracture is then quickly created to take advantage of the stress modification resulting from the first fracture. This rapid followup fracture is thus able to reach more productive rock not accessible to the initial fracture. Field data supporting the feasibility of this concept will be presented. Various situations where this approach could reap substantial benefits are also described.

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