Halliburton SmartFleet technology enables real-time fracture control in the Permian Basin

Source: press release, 19 August 2021

SmartFleet provides greater visibility and control over fracture outcomes, such as fracture uniformity, fracture placement and well interactions (illustration: Halliburton Company)

Halliburton Company has announced a successful execution of its SmartFleet™ intelligent fracturing system with a major operator in the Permian Basin.

“We view the SmartFleet system as a tool that provides valuable insights into subsurface fracture placement,” says Aaron Hunter, vice president of the Midland Basin for ConocoPhillips. “These insights lead to informed decisions that improve fracture performance.”

SmartFleet technology integrates intelligent automation and visualisation with subsurface measurements across multiple wells simultaneously to dynamically respond to reservoir behaviour. By using the SmartFleet system, operators can achieve real-time control of fracture placement and improve overall completion execution. In addition to optimising fracture placement across every stage, the SmartFleet system provides real-time insights to manage frac hits and understand the impact they have on fracture performance.

Based on various successful runs to date across multiple basins, SmartFleet has helped operators:

  • Improve cluster uniformity up to 30%,
  • Optimise stage lengths,
  • Reduce completion costs up to 25%, and
  • Realise an uplift in production up to 20%.

“Unlike standard task automation, the SmartFleet system applies intelligence and measurements that allow operators to make stage-level decisions that optimise completions in real time,” says Michael Segura, vice president of Production Enhancement for Halliburton. “With this type of intelligent automation, operators can now instantly see and control fracture outcomes that ultimately lead to improved asset economics.”