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LightningPLUS Composite Plug overcomes casing deformation issues to simplify installation and deliver successful stimulation

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10 - LightningPLUS Reduced OD

In plug-and-perf operations, it is imperative that the frac plug reaches the desired depth, firmly sets and holds pressure without moving downhole during or after stimulation.

The LightningPLUS™ Composite Plug with a reduced OD was developed while working with an operator in the Upper Montney formation of British Columbia out of necessity for a plug with the ability to be pumped passed trouble areas in the casing and still withstand the differential pressure required during stimulation operations. This operator planned a comparison between reduced OD frac plugs from two different vendors, including the Packers Plus LightningPLUS Composite Plug.

Montney Map_LightningPLUS Reduced OD

“This plug is designed with a short length to facilitate fast pump-down and quick millout times and includes specially engineered anti-preset and anti-prestroke features to provide further assurance the plug will reach planned depth,” explained Jesse Tarney, Global Technical Advisor with Packers Plus. “The uniquely shaped pump down fin of the LightningPLUS plug enabled faster run-in-hole speeds and resulted in less fluid pumped compared to the competitor plug.”

For the two-well comparison, the operator deployed two frac plugs from each vendor in the problem section of two wells for a direct performance comparison. All four LightningPLUS Composite Plugs were pumped to the planned depth, set successfully and held pressure throughout the stimulation program, which included wellbore pressure up to 56 MPa (8,122 psi) and 100 tonnes (220,000 lb) of proppant at 13.0 m3/min (82 bbl/min) without any slippage of the frac plugs. After stimulating the wells, the operator milled out each LightningPLUS plug within 6 to 10 minutes.

The two-well comparisonof the reduced OD frac plugs led to the operator ordering additional LightningPLUS Composite Plugs to continue their stimulation program in the Upper Montney.

Packers Plus

For more than 20 years, Packers Plus has provided field-proven lower completion solutions designed to provide higher production and cost-effective operations. These innovative solutions can be deployed in a variety of applications, including horizontal, multi-lateral, high pressure/high temperature (HPHT) and offshore wells.

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