J. Harpel, SPE, L. Barker, SPE, J. Fontenot, SPE, C. Carroll, SPE, S. Thomson, SPE,
K. Olson, SPE, Southwestern Energy
Since 2004 Southwestern Energy (SWN) has completed more than 2,000 wells in the
Fayetteville shale with thousands of wells remaining to be drilled and completed.
The Fayetteville is a world-class shale play stretching across central Arkansas
that encompasses more than 2-million acres. Current SWN gross daily operated production
is more than 1.9 BCF/D and at December 31, 2010 its proved net reserves booked in
the Fayetteville were 4.3 TCF.
This paper will discuss the progression of the completions from the beginning to
their current best practices. It will review the different types of completions,
stimulation optimization, high efficiency operations, and well performance.