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Case History of the Fayetteville Shale Completions

J. Harpel, SPE, L. Barker, SPE, J. Fontenot, SPE, C. Carroll, SPE, S. Thomson, SPE, K. Olson, SPE, Southwestern Energy

Since 2004 Southwestern Energy (SWN) has completed more than 2,000 wells in the Fayetteville shale with thousands of wells remaining to be drilled and completed. The Fayetteville is a world-class shale play stretching across central Arkansas that encompasses more than 2-million acres. Current SWN gross daily operated production is more than 1.9 BCF/D and at December 31, 2010 its proved net reserves booked in the Fayetteville were 4.3 TCF.

This paper will discuss the progression of the completions from the beginning to their current best practices. It will review the different types of completions, stimulation optimization, high efficiency operations, and well performance.

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