In the western desert region of Egypt, previous propped multiple-fracture treatments were performed using conventional methods (i.e., perforate, frac, set mechanical/zone isolation, and repeat cycle). Although the resulting treatment efficiency was satisfactory, other methods were being considered to help reduce cost and improve production performance. Also, it was desired to decrease total operational time, which would further impact economics (rig time, production delay, etc).

In an attempt to improve production response, fracturing designs in the El Fadl field in the western desert went from a standard three-stage design up to as much as a six-stage design to more effectively stimulate the pay zones. A careful review of the field and operations suggested possible benefits from implementing the pinpoint method for hydraulic-fracturing treatments. It was, however, not a simple case of just applying a hydraulic-fracturing treatment to every potential zone, but required proper well screening, thorough log analysis, calculating and validating mechanical rock properties, and enhanced 3D fracture modeling to achieve a successful campaign.

A pinpoint method for stimulation was implemented to perform multistage jobs at reduced costs. As the stage count per well was increased, production response and economics were improved. Both treatment design and staging design with this fracturing technique continue to be further refined as performance and statistical analysis of previous design changes are completed.

This paper discusses a pinpoint method for frac treatment and the methodology applied on a recent well. Differences in job execution that will be discussed include: using a hydrajet perforating mechanism instead of conventional casing-gun perforation, time-consumption reduction, analysis of vertical-fracture coverage per potential zone, and cumulative production response from the different designs tested. This could serve as guidelines for other operators who might be facing similar challenges in the North Africa region and elsewhere.

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