Executive Summary

The purpose of the ULWP Project is to improve the economic performance of wells through the application of Ultra Lightweight Proppant fracturing techniques. Benefits of this project include: improved production rates of hydrocarbons and water, less damage to fracture and reservoir, and less environmental impact. This new proppant will provide producers with higher hydrocarbon production and better fracture geometry. Four field trials were performed by participating companies during 2012. In 2013, work progressed as the results of the 2012 field trials were analyzed with support from a major reservoir engineering firm. The analysis allowed participants to learn how to maximize performance and value. As a result, additional trials are being discussed to demonstrate the optimum embodiment of the technology.