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Perforating concepts have steadily changed as new knowledge of formation characteristics and new techniques of stimulation are developed. The former requirements of perforating tools have completely reversed to accommodate today's technology.

The requirements of today's perforating tools are covered to show how each affects the completion program. Case histories showing the methods used and relation of the perforating program to the stimulation program are presented to demonstrate the selection of the proper perforation for a well's condition. This paper does not attempt to deal with specific perforating devices, but rather to show the perforation requirements for a stimulation program. The selection of the many available perforating devices to meet the requirements of the stimulation program are left to the oil companies.


The Petroleum Industry has grown from a "cut- and-try-beginning" to a highly engineered business. All phases of the drilling and production operation have become related factors in the success of a well or a field. The effect of perforations on the stimulation and completion efficiency of a well has only been recognized as a factor of major importance in the last few years.

Early concepts of perforating were in relation to control of water production. Wells were cased to total depth and a need to reopen the formation to the wellbore existed. The common theory was to shoot as many holes as possible to re-establish open hole exposure of the pay. Articles were published on required shot densities of six to 12 holes per foot and complete shattering of the cement was felt to be necessary. Selection of perforating devices was based on their ability to penetrate the casing and the formation. The larger the gun the better.

As wells were drilled deeper, well temperatures, formation hardness, pressures and heavier casing programs became factors to be considered. Operators took a closer look at the perforating devices to satisfy these new conditions. Perforating had become a factor to be considered in the well's program.


The necessity for better stimulation methods caused a closer look at the accepted perforating programs.

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