Speaker at Oil, Gas and Petroleum Engineering 2022 - Kutbuddin Bhatia
Halliburton, Kuwait
Title : First CO2 Energized-Diverter Based Fracturing Technology Applied in Highly Depleted Well: Case Study from North Kuwait



The Jurassic gas field is a high potential field which poses several challenges in terms of hydrocarbon flow optimization through highly varied carbonate intervals with low reservoir pressure support and reduced fluid movement. Due to this, the operative strategies have prioritized primary well completion using energized acid fracturing technology over regular stimulation. During fracturing, the acid system will form highly etched channels in the formation. Most of the fluid will flow into the path of least resistance leaving large portions of the formation untreated. As a result, the fracturing treatment options decline significantly, thus results are not optimum in each stage.

Methods, Procedures, Process:

Excessive fluid loss and achieving complete frac coverage for an entire interval is a challenge for any acid frac treatment performed in a multiple perforated well with variations in reservoir characteristics. Acid fracturing using Integrated Dual Diversion (IDD) is performed using CO2 foam diversion and self-degrading particulates diversion. The fracture face dissolution is controlled by reactivity, which is greatly reduced after foaming for similar acid strength and reservoir conditions. The dual chemical diversion in IDD methodology is highly critical to the overall stimulation success. The technique includes pumping multiple self-degrading particle sizes, considering the several sets of perforations and wide presence of natural fractures, followed by in-situ HCl based crosslinked system employed for improving targets. A multimodal approach is employed wherein larger particles are supplemented with smaller particles that can bridge pore throats once exposed to reservoir conditions. The IDD diversion shifts the fracture to unstimulated areas to create complex fractures that increase reservoir contact volume and improves overall conductivity along with accelerating post frac fluid recovery.

Novel/Additive Information:

This paper examines IDD in acid fracturing and describes the crucial diversion strategy. Unlike available diverters used in other fields, the particulates are unaffected at low pH values and in live acids. Proper CO2 foam quality design, particulates selection and combination with in-situ crosslink acid effectively plug the fracture generated previously and generate pressure high enough to initiate another fracture for further ramification. The customized CO2 foam fluids used have established their value as low damage fracturing fluids and have good inherent fluid-loss control characteristics. Additionally, foams leave a much thinner gel filtercake residue that helps to regain a high percentage of conductivity after treatment.

Results, Observations, Conclusions:

The first application of IDD methodology is tuned to address the exclusive challenges of well procedures, formation technical complications, high-execution economics, and untouched high potential from this depleted gas reservoir. A direct result of this acid fracturing treatment is that the post-operation data showed high contribution along the section in a continuous manner. Additionally, this methodology can be considered as best practice for application in unconventional challenges in other fields.

Audience take-away:

  • More than 70% hydrocarbon production comes from Mature Fields globally that are depleting and require stimulation and secondary EOR methodology.
  • The paper focuses on a practical solution to mature field stimulation problem that can create value in terms of accurate hydraulic fracturing control and overall reserve recovery
  • This will improve the stimulation designs in depleted zones/ wells and provide a complete new perspective rather than conventional stimulation methodology.


Senior Production Enhancement Engineer based in Halliburton Kuwait, with more than 10 years of diversified experience in the hydrocarbon stimulation domain.  Providing technical support and working closely with a multi-disciplinary team in Kuwait. He has dedicated experiences in well completion and intervention operations using Coiled Tubing (CTU), Sand Control, Conformance, acidization and fracturing services.  Performed safe and efficient designing, operations in various fields in different countries- Kuwait, Qatar, Oman, India and Indonesia. He has participated as Discussion Leader and Presenter in various conferences and has authored several publications in the unconventional domains He is a petroleum-engineering graduate of Pune University, India, and an active member of the SPE Kuwait Chapter.