High-temperature fracturing-fluid breaker systems have been used in fracturing operations for the past several years. The advantage of using these systems has been improved fracture conductivity, but there has been an increased risk of poor proppant placement and premature screenouts resulting from early viscosity reductions as the fluid is exposed to high temperatures. In many cases, this problem could only be avoided by adding breaker to the final portion of the proppant stages, essentially improving the fracture conductivity in the near wellbore region without enhancing the conductivity of most of the proppant pack.

This paper highlights innovative research for developing high-temperature breakers that work synergistically with gel stabilizers to maintain excellent gel viscosity. This viscosity allows sufficient time to place the treatment while still providing a more complete break and improved fracture conductivity. Laboratory testing has shown that this high-temperature breaker system can be used effectively at temperatures as high as 350 F without sacrificing early-time fluid viscosity or proppant placement, while still providing dramatic improvements in fracture conductivity.

Field production has been analyzed and shows the combined benefits of improved proppant placement and increased fracture conductivities obtained with the application of this technology.

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