Shale Challenges & Solutions

Optimizing shale oil and gas production one asset at a time

Shale describes a wide range of rock types. The secret to success is to understand the different characteristics and doing something about it.

But shale hydrocarbon systems are complex and present a broad scope of attributes. Effective exploration and development must consider such characteristics as total organic content, maturity, mechanical properties, mineralogy, local stresses, natural fractures, fracture containment, pore pressure, reservoir fluid, and effective porosity.

Each shale characteristic bears on the asset’s value and performance. And each can vary considerably between reservoirs, wells, and even wellbore intervals. The mix of these attributes further complicates the task.

In many of shale plays around the world, Halliburton has explored those differences first hand. We’ve learned that the only common answer is how you approach the challenge.

Our solution integrates multiple disciplines—including basin modeling, fluid migration modeling, geology, geophysics, petrophysics, reservoir engineering, drilling, and completions—to understand and produce the reservoir.

This involves advanced information technology, work processes, and software applications to enhance understanding and improve efficiency. And it depends on highly specialized surface and downhole equipment to acquire the raw data to feed this understanding, and the tools and services to implement it.

All of it is orchestrated to address the specific characteristics of the shale. The accompanying selection of challenges and solutions describe how Halliburton brings it all together—one asset at a time—to optimize shale success., improve efficiencies, and increase production in these important plays.

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