GOAL

The goal of this JIP is to have 6 to 8 operators each test the new drain hole stimulation system in one of its depleted shale wells.

Participants will share all data from their test wells with the other JIP Participants including drilling, completion and production data and all problems associated with the test wells including and actions taken to overcome those problems.

Participants will pay all costs associated with their test wells.

The goal will be to:

  1. Replace expensive and troublesome refracing  in 50 percent of shale wells
  2. Use drain holes to bypass  near-wellbore constriction zones
  3. Eliminate frac plugging problems
  4. Eliminate rapid decline problems in shale wells
  5. Increase production rates 50 percent over refracing
  6. Reduce stimulation costs by 60 percent
  7. Eliminate frac environmental and frac banning problems

REPLACE REFRACING

New shale wells will continue to be drilled and fraced as presently done and this new stimulation technique will be used only as a replacement to refracing after the wells have declined 50 to 80 percent.

JIP MANAGEMENT

Dr. William Maurer, CEO of MAURER ENGINEERING (MEI) in Austin Texas will form and manage the JIP.

MEI has conducted eight successful drilling and completion JIPs including the highly successful DEA 44 HORIZONTAL WELL TECHNOLOGY JIP in the 1980s that helped implement horizontal drilling worldwide within three years.

MAURER ENGINEERING ROLE

The main function of MEI will be to form and manage the JIP.

Dr. Maurer will interface with Participants on all aspects of this project and providing guidance on the pros and cons of different well shapes and completion techniques.

NEED FOR JIP

  1. Only the operators have depleted shale wells to test in.
  2. The operators will benefit the most if the tests are successful
  3. Operators will obtain drilling and production data from 6 or 8 wells instead of one well
  4. Greatly reduces the risk and cost of testing this new stimulation system
  5. If successful, the implementation time will be decreased 70 percent
  6. The tests will focus on the Eagle Ford shale, but Participants can drill their test wells in any reservoir
  7. Analyzing well problems and solutions  will keep operators from making the same mistakes
  8. A JIP technical committee will allow good technical interchange between companies Participants
    • It will allow engineering input from other Participants
    • Provide a forum for joint well planning on initial wells
  9. This is how the first MWD tools were field tested and implemented in the 1970s

TECHNICAL REVIEW COMMITTEE

MEI will set up a Technical Review Committee consisting of two engineers from each Participant to allow technical interchange between Participants.

MEI will hold technical meetings where Participant engineers can interchange technology on:

  1. Well planning
  2. Drilling
  3. Completions
  4. Production Data
  5. Other matters

Participants will be allowed to visit test wells being drilled with the permission of the Participants drilling the wells.

This Technical Review Committee will be one of the most important parts of this JIP since it will allow excellent technical interchange between JIP Participants.

PARTICIPATION COST

The Participation cost will be $75,000.

This Participation cost is low since each Participant will pay all costs associated with testing this new stimulation system in one shale well.

PROJECT DURATION

The project duration will be 12 months.

MINIMUM NUMBER PARTICIPANTS

The JIP will be initiated when four Participants join the project.

The $75,000 Participation Cost will be refunded if less than four Participants join the JIP within six months of the first Participant joining.

MAURER AWARDS

  • SPE DRILLING ENGINEER OF YEAR
  • SPE LEGEND OF DRILLING
  • ASME ACHIEVMENT AWARD
  • OFFSHORE DRILLING HALL OF FAME (HORIZONTAL DRILLING)
  • TEXAS ACADEMY OF ENGINEERING, SCIENCE AND MEDICINE
  • NATIONAL ACADEMY OF ENGINEERING

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Contact Dr. William Maurer wcmaurer@aol.com for additional information on this Shale Stimulation System and this JIP.