This paper discusses particular aspects critical to designing a successful fracturing treatment for higher permeability reservoirs with the objectives of stimulation and/or sand control. The process entails creating a short and wide fracture and packing it with multiple layers of proppant, possibly incorporating a resin-coated proppant.

Use of a reservoir simulator to predict or history match a pressure drop profile throughout a given drainage area will be presented. A fracture length can be determined from the pressure drop profile so that a near wellbore damaged area is bypassed and formation failure conditions are not reached. Types of failure mechanisms responsible for solids production formation are discussed. Pressure analysis during fracture packing is presented.

A new technique to orient the perforations relative to the in-situ stress field for optimum fracturing treatment and sand control is presented. A comprehensive treatment design and operational recommendations are given. This paper includes the use of a three-dimensional fracture design model, proppant choice and scheduling, of carrier fluid and additives.

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