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hydraulic fracturing

[hī′drȯ·lik ′frak·chə·riŋ]
(petroleum engineering)
A method in which sand-water mixtures are forced into underground wells under pressure; the pressure splits the petroleum-bearing sandstone, thereby allowing the oil to move toward the wells more freely.
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Schlumberger Microseismic Services, Vice president and general manager, Joseph Elkhoury, said : 'When applied in unconventional reservoirs, the moment tensor inversion service provides information about the orientation, volume and proppant placement associated with the hydraulic fracture.
Hydraulic fracture modeling was validated by both mini- and post-fracture measurements to establish a scientific basis for hydraulic fracturing, which until that time was more an art than a science.
The technologies driving shale gas recovery are horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracture reservoir stimulation.
The end goal for operators is to gain further insight into reservoir processes in order to improve hydraulic fracture efficiencies and optimize recovery," says Ted Urbancic, Executive Vice President of Global Energy Services at ESG.
This has a profound effect on the way operators evaluate their treatments and presents a unique view of hydraulic fracture stimulations not previously considered.
This is a step change in the decades-old challenge of evenly distributing proppant throughout the created hydraulic fracture.
The big hydraulic fracture program was designed to liberate what the Company believes will be the first dry natural gas production from the dense but highly hydrocarbon-saturated formation over a mile deep.
This solution is a step change in the decades-old challenge of evenly distributing proppant throughout the full length of a created hydraulic fracture.
HOUSTON, July 14, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- ESG is pleased to announce the recent expansion of its microseismic hydraulic fracture mapping services to include downhole acquisition services.
Letters from State Regulatory Bodies on Environmental Protections and Safety Records of Hydraulic Fracture Stimulation in Oil and Gas Wells http://www.
In addition, a court faced with that situation would seemingly need to address the broader issue of whether hydraulic fractures do in fact constitute a trespass--not just whether the plaintiff can establish damages.
There is also a perception that hydraulic fractures are much larger than ever, but the massive hydraulic fractures that were conducted in 1970s is of same size as the fractures conducted in horizontal wells being applied today.

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