Full Name

2009 Unconventional Resources

Improved Drilling and Fracturing Fluids for Shale Gas Reservoirs

Subcontractor: The University of Texas at Austin

Principal Investigator: Mukul Sharma
Project Number Project Status
09122-41 Completed
RPSEA Project Manager: Charlotte Schroeder
ConocoPhillips Company; Chevron Energy Technology Company; M-I SWACO
Period of Performance
Start Date End Date
December 1, 2010 June 30, 2014
Total Project Cost RPSEA Share Cost Share
$972,398.00 $590,276.00 $372,398.00
Project Objectives

The primary objective of the proposal is to lower the cost of drilling and improve the effectiveness of fracture treatments in shale gas reservoirs. This is proposed to be accomplished through, (a) The development and field-testing of nanoparticle based water-base drilling fluids which are less expensive than currently used oil-base drilling fluids, and (b) The addition of nanoparticles to minimize water blocking in slick-water fracs in shale gas reservoirs.


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