HiWAY Fracturing | Fracture Conductivity | Schlumberger


Flow-channel fracturing technique

More Production
Less Proppant
Less Water
Diagram of open pathways created by the HiWAY technique

Reduce footprint without sacrificing production

The HiWAY flow-channel fracturing technique significantly increases fracture conductivity while reducing water and proppant consumption. This means higher short- and long-term production, simpler logistics, and a smaller operational footprint.

Create infinite fracture conductivity

The HiWAY technique fundamentally changes the way proppant fractures generate conductivity. The first of its kind, the HiWAY technique creates open pathways inside the fracture, enabling hydrocarbons to flow through the stable channels rather than the proppant. This optimizes connectivity between the reservoir and the wellbore—resulting in infinite fracture conductivity.

Wells Treated with HiWAY Technique Outperform Conventional Wells 38%
Of the more than 11,400 horizontal wells in the Eagle Ford Shale, more than 1,100 liquid- and gas-producing wells have been completed using the HiWAY flow-channel fracturing technique (blue) since October 2010.
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See how channel fracturing is creating new efficiencies in stimulation.
See how channel fracturing is creating new efficiencies in stimulation.

Improve performance in vertical and horizontal, conventional and unconventional wells

The HiWAY technique has improved time to sales, fluid recovery, initial production rate, and average-well estimated ultimate recovery (EUR) in more than 4,000 jobs worldwide—including the Rocky Mountain region of the US and the Sierras Blancas formation in Argentina.

Increase efficiency, optimize production

Since 2010, the HiWAY flow-channel hydraulic fracturing technique has helped operators increase production while using less water and proppant. The first technique of its kind, the HiWAY technique creates stable channels within the fractures—decoupling fracture conductivity from the proppant pack. This results in infinite fracture conductivity.

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