Fluids for Fracturing Petroleum Reservoirs

Recorded On: 06/23/2015

Hydraulic Fracturing (HF) is a well-established process to enhance the productivity of oil and gas wells. This stimulation process is conducted in reservoirs where the rock does not naturally flow the petroleum fluids. This is the case in many oil and gas reservoirs especially shales.

In the HF process, the reservoir stresses are overcome by use of fluids to initiate fractures. The initiation of the fracture is not enough to produce petroleum fluids. This is because natural stresses will force the fractures to partially or completely heal. Hence, there will be no open channels for the fluids flow. In order to create these channels after the fractures are created, materials such as sand (in sandstone reservoirs), are injected into the fracture to maintain a conductive path for the petroleum fluids to flow from the reservoir into the wellbore. In the case of carbonate reservoirs, acids are injected to dissolve the rock and hence, once the pressure is released, the dissolved (etched) faces of the fractures will provide the conduit for the fluids flow. This process involves key and critical changes in the physical and chemical properties of the fluids involved.

This lecture will shed light on these changes from material science point of view. Various existing technologies for HF fluids will be discussed. This should give a clear understanding of the current state of the art in this field. The talk will also shed light on the current challenges that the industry faces. This will help the attendees draw broad lines on the current research themes in this area.

This webinar is categorized under the Production and Operations discipline.

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Dr. Ghaithan A. Al-Muntasheri

Petroleum Engineer, Saudi Aramco, Aramco Services Company (ASC)

Dr. Ghaithan A. Al-Muntasheri is a petroleum engineer working for the US subsidiary of Saudi Aramco, Aramco Services Company (ASC) in Houston. He is the lead and founder of the Production Technology Team of Aramco Research Center-Houston. He is still affiliated with the EXPEC Advanced Research Center of Saudi Aramco in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. Dr. Al-Muntasheri has been working for Saudi Aramco for the last 13 years. He also has an Adjunct Associate Professor appointment at Rice University, Houston, Texas. He holds BS and MS degrees, both with honors, in Chemical Engineering from King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. He holds a PhD degree in Petroleum Engineering, Cum Laude (top 2%), from the Delft University of Technology, Delft, The Netherlands.

Dr. Al-Muntasheri served as the Chairman of the SPE Saudi Arabia Section for the term 2011/2012. He also served as the Chairman of the 2011 Annual Technical Symposium & Exhibition, May, 15-18 in AlKhobar, Saudi Arabia. He published 45 papers in refereed journals and international conferences. He received several awards including: the 2015 Saudi Aramco President Award for Excellence, the 2014 Aramco Services Company Award for Excellence, the 2014 Outstanding Young Member Service Award from SPE, the 2011 SPE Century Club Award, the 2011 Outstanding Young Member Regional Award, the 2011 World Oil Award for the Best Production Chemical, the 2009 EXPEC ARC Award for the Best Mentor and the 2008 EXPEC ARC Award for the Best Technical Presentation. He serves as a technical reviewer for the Society of Petroleum Engineers' Journal, Journal of Canadian Petroleum Technology and for the Arabian Journal for Science and Engineering. He is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE).

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Web Event
06/23/2015 at 9:30 AM (EDT)   |  90 minutes
06/23/2015 at 9:30 AM (EDT)   |  90 minutes Scheduled for 90 minutes.
CEU Credit
0.15 CEU credits  |  Certificate available
0.15 CEU credits  |  Certificate available CEU Credit