A discussion is presented on the improvement of shallow gas well production through the use of advanced low-temperature breaker technology. A systematic field evaluation has shown that the use of this new breaker system has increased well production in spite of inherent problems in the area due to severe proppant embedment. Previous use of an encapsulated breaker (EB) designed for well temperatures above 125°F had shown some improvement in production over conventional dissolved breakers. However, the current study has shown that the new breaker system, designed for temperatures <125°F and closure stress <1000 psi, has been able to improve production by an additional 15 to 22% in direct offset comparisons. Study criteria included selection of a suitable area, maintenance of a consistent drilling and completion program, and variance only in the breaker system used. Laboratory development of the new breaker system also is discussed, including effects of temperature and closure stress on barrier properties, and fracture conductivity comparisons.

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