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Petroleum Production Engineering, 2nd Edition by Xuehao Tan, Xinghui Liu, Boyun Guo

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Chapter 14

Hydraulic Fracturing

Abstract

As a well stimulation technique, hydraulic fracturing has a wide range of applications, including the development of unconventional resources, production enhancement in low- and moderate-permeability reservoirs, bypassing near wellbore damage in high-permeability reservoirs, reducing sand production in loosely consolidated or unconsolidated sandstone reservoirs, and connecting the natural fractures in a formation to the wellbore. Hydraulic fracturing is a process in which fluid is pumped through the wellbore into the targeted formation at pressures high enough to break the rock and create a fracture. A clean fluid is typically pumped initially to allow the fracture to initiate and propagate. Once the desired ...

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