SPE Online Education
Application of Low Viscosity Fluids to Hydraulic Fracturing
Recorded On: 11/13/2013
The use of low viscosity fluids for hydraulic fracturing has a history as long as hydraulic fracturing itself. In the last fifty years, as more viscous fluids gained in popularity, the application of low viscosity fracturing fluids declined. In the last decade, however, the application of low viscosity fracturing fluids, such as, treated water in hydraulic fracturing has seen a resurgence in the industry. This presentation will focus on: Why this resurgence is occurring? Why use water as a fracturing fluid and why now?
Larry K. Britt, NSI Fracturing, LLC, Tulsa, OK
Since joining NSI in early 1999, Larry has specialized in the development and application of solutions to hydraulic fracturing problems throughout the world and owns and operates Britt Rock Mechanics Laboratory at the University of Tulsa.
Britt’s experience includes the optimization, design, and execution of fracture stimulations and integrated field studies throughout the world. Prior to joining NSI he worked for Amoco Production Company for nearly twenty years. During the last six years with Amoco, he was fracturing team leader at Amoco’s Technology Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where he was charged with managing the development and application of fracturing technology for Amoco’s worldwide operations.
Larry has twice served as an SPE Distinguished Lecturer, as a JPT editor, and on numerous SPE Forum Committees on Gas Reservoir Engineering and Hydraulic Fracturing. In addition, Larry has authored over thirty technical papers for the SPE on reservoir management, pressure transient analysis, and hydraulic fracturing as well as co-authored the SPE Primer on the “Design and Appraisal of Hydraulic Fractures”.
He is a graduate of the Missouri University of Science and Technology (MS&T) where is on the Petroleum and Engineering Advisory Boards and a member of the Academy of Mines and Metallurgy.
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