HiWAY Flow-Channel Fracturing Technique | Schlumberger

HiWAY

Flow-channel fracturing technique

Emissions Reduction

Reduces carbon emissions by up to 25%

Water Stewardship

Reduces water requirements by up to 30%

HiWAY Fracturing Technique
Improving your production with reduced impact

Create infinite fracture conductivity

The HiWAY flow-channel fracturing technique is a proven Schlumberger technology that 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.

Improve production from hydraulic fracturing with a reduced footprint

The HiWAY technique significantly increases fracture conductivity while reducing water and proppant consumption. This means higher production, simpler logistics, reduced operational time and footprint, and lower carbon emissions.

Decarbonize Your Operations
HiWAY flow-channel fracturing technique is part of our Transition Technologies portfolio of solutions that enables well and field developments with decreased carbon impact. It reduces energy consumption and minimizes emissions, helping you reach your sustainability goals through reduced water and proppant requirements.
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20%
More Production
40%
Less Proppant
25%†‡
Less emissions
30%
Less Water

Lower carbon emissions by up to 25%

In fracturing operations, carbon emissions are mainly generated from

  • proppant raw material sourcing, manufacturing, and transportation
  • water sourcing and transportation
  • fracturing operation itself
  • equipment mobilization and demobilization.

The HiWAY technique enables reduction of up to 40% proppant and 30% water requirements, resulting in a significant reduction in carbon emissions.

Reduce water requirements

As deeper and longer laterals and more stages are completed to optimize hydrocarbon drainage, the HiWAY technique plays a crucial part in reducing water volume in hydraulic fracturing operations. Through engineered designs using less proppant, water consumption can be reduced by up to 30%. And the risk of screenout is significantly minimized. Currently, HiWAY technique has a placement success rate of more than 99%—eliminating contingency cleanouts and repeat fracturing jobs and their associated emissions and water consumption.

HiWAY technique emissions reduction activities

Considering only emissions from proppant and water transportation from the base to the location, equipment mobilization and demobilization, and the fracturing operation itself (activities outlined in green), the HiWAY technique reduces carbon emissions by up to 25% compared with the conventional fracturing technique. The emissions reduction is even higher if proppant raw material sourcing, manufacturing, and transportation to the country are factored in the quantification calculation.

† Emissions from proppant and water transportation from the base to the location, equipment mobilization and demobilization, and the fracturing operation itself

 Max. based on analysis completed on various job completion strategies including

  • 8-stage conventional well completed with HiWAY technique compared with conventional job design
  • single-stage conventional well completed with HiWAY technique compared with conventional job design
  • 20-stage unconventional well completed with HiWAY technique compared with conventional slickwater
Flow-Channel Hydraulic Fracturing Technique Reduced >8,500 t of CO2 emissions in 2020
More than 1,100 jobs were completed using the HiWAY technique, optimizing production while reducing proppant, water, and carbon emissions.
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Improve performance in vertical, 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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