Hydraulic fracturing is being widely employed to augment wells’ productivity, thus facilitating proper depletion of the reservoir fluids and adding to the recoverable hydrocarbon reserves. The benefits of hydraulic fracturing are particularly pronounced in reservoirs exhibiting low permeability, high skin and, in case of gas condensate reservoirs, near wellbore condensate banking.

A gas condensate field, code name ‘Delta’, has been producing from sandstone reservoirs for the last two decades. Most of the wells have been suffering from low productivity primarily due to a relatively low reservoir permeability (0.5 to 10mD) and high drilling induced skin. The problem has become more pronounced with the depletion of reservoir pressure resulting in condensate drop out around the wellbore.

This paper details the envisioned economic incentives and the post-frac deliverability results from the recent hydraulic fracturing campaign carried out in a gas condensate field. The paper highlights the operational challenges encountered and the evolution of the hydraulic fracturing treatment design, execution and post-frac completion / flow-back strategy based on our experiences that contributed towards a successful and challenging campaign.

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