In recent years, drilling and production activity in US shale gas has been increasing. This high volume of work has led to the use of manufacturing-style well construction. Each area has its own challenges; however, problematic wells are prevalent in many shale plays. A major study in the Haynesville shale targeted the manufacturing-style methodology. Over the course of the study, more than 160 cement jobs were analyzed including surface, intermediate and production strings. This study implemented the use of careful engineering decisions that were focused on the issues and challenges specific to wells in this area. This was achieved through analyzing and optimizing the laboratory operations, design of cement systems, bulk plant and job site processes. This study shows by taking the proper steps to design these processes, a manufacturing style approach can be very successful when applied in challenging shale cementing operations.

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