Steps in the Fracking Process Essay

726 Words Jul 21st, 2013 3 Pages
Step 6: Once the drilling gets about 500 feet above the shale formation, a downhole drilling motor with sophisticated measuring instruments begins the angle drilling creating a new horizontal path into the shale formation.
Step 6: Once the drilling gets about 500 feet above the shale formation, a downhole drilling motor with sophisticated measuring instruments begins the angle drilling creating a new horizontal path into the shale formation.
Step 4: The cement and casing are then pressure tested to ensure hydrocarbons and other fluids don’t seep out.
Step 4: The cement and casing are then pressure tested to ensure hydrocarbons and other fluids don’t seep out.
Step 3: Cement is then poured into this tubing throughout, displacing any
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The entire fracturing process takes about $2.5 million.
Step 10: bridge plugs are inserted behind the fractures and the perforating tool continues to move backwards in the well whiles plugs are inserted behind each puncture in the shale. The entire fracturing process takes about $2.5 million.
Step 11: Plugs are then removed once all of the horizontal well has been punctured and the gas flows to the top of the well.
Step 11: Plugs are then removed once all of the horizontal well has been punctured and the gas flows to the top of the well.
Although we weren’t able to find exact figures for each of the steps, we did find that the entire process from beginning to end costs about $7 million dollars.
Although we weren’t able to find exact figures for each of the steps, we did find that the entire process from beginning to end costs about $7 million dollars.
Step 7: Once the desired horizontal path is at the desired length, the drill pipe and bit are removed and the casing and cement layers continue to the end of the well. The whole horizontal drilling process costs about $1.2 million.
Step 7: Once the desired horizontal path is at the desired length, the drill pipe and bit are removed and the casing and cement layers continue to the end of the well. The whole horizontal drilling process…

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