Microproppants Deliver Macro Returns
Utica Shale (Ohio)
Three wells—two Deeprop® and one offset—were studied in the Utica shale, eastern Ohio, at about 7,500 ft TVD. Figures 7 and 8 show the cum oil and gas for the three wells. Deeprop® delivered an uplift in oil production of up to 22% and a 27% uplift in gas production after roughly a year.
Permian/Delaware Basin (Texas)
Five tests are currently underway in the Permian Wolfcamp—two in the Permian basin and three in the Delaware basin—and preliminary results are encouraging. One test in the Delaware Basin currently has ten months of production data. The Deeprop® well has a 9% uplift, or 23,342 additional BOE, compared to the best offset producer.
Examining all of these wells together, the Deeprop® treatment has delivered major results and paid for itself in less than 4 months, on average. After 25 months, the average uplift across the Deeprop® wells in the major plays highlighted above is 40%. After 36 months, test wells have experienced uplift ranging from 10% to as high as 81%.
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