Abstract

Seven Generations Energy Ltd. (7Gen) has drilled several horizontal wells in the extremely liquids rich Montney formation in the Karr Kakwa area of central western Alberta. Over the last two years we have seen progressively shorter drilling times as well as a marked increase in production as a function of optimal hydraulic fracturing recipes and completion installations. This paper will discuss the systematic approach taken by well construction engineers to optimize drilling performance through bit selection coupled with vibration mitigation and hydraulics optimization. Further technologies that will be discussed and will/have been be implemented are torque mitigation technologies to mitigate stick slip and the use of managed pressure drilling techniques to decrease mud density and further increase ROP’s. This paper will also discuss the coincident work done to optimize fracture treatments as a function of rock strength and measured gas response while drilling.

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