Case study: Innovative remote simul-frac creates efficiency and cost savings for Permian operator

Universal Pressure Pumping June 28, 2023
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An operator working in the Delaware Basin wanted to increase efficiencies by simul-fracing two, three-well pads that were about 1,200 ft apart. Traditionally, all simul-fracs completed for this operator included a minimum of four wells on one pad and were completed in a 2-by-2 well format to obtain the full benefits of simul-frac operations. Connecting two, three-well pads added additional technical challenges.


Through collaboration with Universal, the operator executed a remote simul-frac operation to complete the two, three-well pads at the same time. A remote simul-frac is a method to frac multiple pads from a centralized location. The frac equipment was rigged up on one of the two pads (Pad A) connected to the other pad (Pad B) with roughly 1,600 ft of 7-in. spool iron. A set of pumpdown equipment, wireline unit, and crane were needed on pad B along with additional communication between the pads to maintain safe operations.


With the ability to complete all six wells simultaneously, the operator improved lateral feet completed per day by roughly 62% and cut completion time by 38% compared to completing two, three-well zipper pads individually. Increasing efficiencies led to a cost reduction of around 7.5% per well. A remote operation allows the operator to simul-frac non-traditional pads without changing the frac design.

Reference: Paper SPE-212333

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