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Permian Basin Field Tests Of Propellant-Assisted Perforating

K.K. Miller, R.J. Prosceno, Marathon Oil Co.; R.A. Woodroof, Jr., ProTechnics; R.L. Haney, HTH Technical Services, Inc

The use of a new propellant-assisted perforating technology will be discussed. Two cases, one producing well and one injection well, are reviewed to illustrate successful and unsuccessful results in the Howard Glasscock Field of Howard County, Texas. The technique employs a propellant sleeve that slides over conventional perforating casing guns and generates a rapidly expanding gas force upon gun detonation. The two case studies are from the San Andres and Queen formations. Perforating, acid breakdowns, hydraulic fracturing and radioactive tracer work done in conjunction with the jobs are reviewed. Comparisons will be made with other offset wells in the same formations. Production and injection results, as well as insights regarding future applications of the technique, will be provided.

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