As part of his role at the Petroleum Technology Transfer Council, Midcontinent Regional Lead, Jeremy Viscomi contributes his monthly TECHCONNECTIONS column to the American Oil and Gas Reporter.
Recently, I came across an article in the Hydraulic Fracturing Journal that highlighted why, in certain cases, a screen-out is not necessarily a bad thing. The article, by BP’s Prue Smith, explains that during conventional hydraulic fracturing operations, the term “screen-out” can carry a very negative connotation associated with additional cost, complexity and time. However, during “frac pack” operations, two screen-out events not only are planned for, but constitute integral parts of a successful outcome. A tip screenout (TSO) is designed to increase the average fracture conductivity, and a wellbore screen-out during the packing phase of operations is designed to ensure the pack’s quality. READ THE REST HERE