BJ Services, Baker Hughes team to offer IntelliFrac service

BJ Services Co. and Baker Hughes have launched the IntelliFrac service, an integration of fracturing and production enhancement services from BJ with advanced microseismic services from Baker Hughes.

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HOUSTON -- BJ Services Co. and Baker Hughes have launched the IntelliFrac service, an integration of fracturing and production enhancement services from BJ with advanced microseismic services from Baker Hughes. The combined offering enables operators to monitor fracture dimensions during stimulation treatments and allows real-time control of fracture operations.

During hydraulic fracturing operations, the IntelliFrac service monitors and measures the microseismic events that indicate key fracture properties, including azimuth, height, length, volume, and complexity of the induced fractures. By understanding hydraulic fracture propagation, operators can make better on-location treatment management decisions, and in turn reduce well completion and stimulation risk and uncertainty, the companies say. Once the microseismic data set has been gathered and processed, operators can use the data to optimize field development plans, and potentially reduce the number of wellbores required to develop the field.

“With IntelliFrac services our clients can maximize well and field performance using Baker Hughes’ formation evaluation and cased-hole wireline expertise with BJ Services’ world-class pumping and stimulation services,” says James McDougall, Baker Hughes VP, Baker Atlas marketing. “Fracturing services can be a significant percentage of total well completion costs, so getting an optimal stimulation treatment is critical. The combination of superior technologies, seismic experts, and experience provides our customers with the knowledge they need to appropriately invest their stimulation program spend.”

10/02/2009

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