Abstract

Economic application of the Talley-Frac method for the stimulation of production from oil and gas wells, production from oil and gas wells, requires careful engineering analysis of each application. A feasibility study should be made on each candidate well to determine the technical efficacy of such a treatment and to arrive at the optimum amount of explosive slurry to be loaded. This optimum should be synonymous which the greatest rate of return upon the well-stimulation dollar. Since the answer to the above questions involves an extensive amount of computation in their evaluation, automation of this evaluation by means of a digital electronic computer can extend the base of applicability. DATAFRAC is such a computer program written in FORTRAN IV language, and is capable of being run either on time-shared computers or in the batch mode on computers running in this environment. In just a few seconds, a complete economic feasibility study is performed which will determine whether or not a given well is a good candidate for explosive fracturing and the optimum amount of explosive to load in case the answer is in the affirmative.

Introduction

The technical and economic feasibility of using the TALLEY-FRAC explosive method for stimulation of the production of oil and gas wells can now be established using a recently developed computer program.

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