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Schlumberger announced its new BroadBand Sequence fracturing technique last week, which the company says results in greater production and completion efficiency compared to conventional methods.

Developed using a composite fluid comprising a proprietary blend of degradable fibers and multimodal particles, the BroadBand Sequence technique is suited for use in new wells and in recompletions.

“This technique is particularly suitable for re-fracturing operations, given its ability to promote temporary cluster isolation without the aid of mechanical devices such as bridge plugs,” Schlumberger said.

‘Optimizing the stimulation of wellbore perforation clusters in unconventional reservoirs is a significant challenge for our industry,’ said Amerino Gatti, president, Well Services, Schlumberger. ‘The BroadBand Sequence technique addresses this challenge and increases our customers’ well production by enhancing stimulation contact in every zone in the reservoir.’

The company said the new fracturing technique has “delivered robust and consistent performance in more than 500 operations conducted to date in several unconventional plays including the Eagle Ford, Haynesville, Woodford, Spraberry and Bakken shales.”

The BroadBand Sequence fracturing technique has enabled customers in South Texas to increase production from new completions in unconventional reservoirs by more than 20%.

It has also reduced well completion time by up to 46% in plug-and-perf operations by stimulating longer intervals compared with conventional methods, Schlumberger said.

The plug and perf completion technique is currently used on 70-80% of new well completions.


In addition, this technology was applied to a well in South Texas for a refracturing operation, which resulted in double the production with a fourfold increase in flowing pressure, according to Schlumberger.


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