7.5 Practical aspects of hydraulic fracturing

Figure 7.32: Schematic of field implementation.

Figure 7.33: Example of pumping and proppant schedule.

To keep in mind:

  1. Fracture should remain open, hence proppant is needed.
  2. Lower fluid viscosity makes fluids easier to pump.
  3. Several swimming pools may be pumped in a HF treatment.
  4. The power of pumps can add up to 100s of muscle cars.