On November 21, 2013, Texas Tech’s Hydraulic Fracturing Research Group hosted the first Hydraulic Fracturing Symposium with George E. King, Distinguished Engineering Advisor of Apache Corporation. King is a registered professional engineer in Texas and Oklahoma with 42 years of experience since joining Amoco Research Center in 1971. His technical work has provided advances in shale developments, environmental risk reduction in well construction and fracturing, sand control reliability and underbalanced perforating. He has a BS in Chemistry from Oklahoma State and a BS in Chemical Engineering and a MS in Petroleum Engineering from University of Tulsa, where he also taught Fracturing and completions courses for 11 years at night as an adjunct professor. He has written 67 technical papers and has served as a SPE Distinguished Lecturer. He was awarded the 2004 SPE Production Operations Award and the 2012 Professional Engineer’s Engineer of the Year award for the Houston area. He disseminates his wealth of information through his website: www.gekengineering.com.
At the Hydraulic Fracturing Symposium, King spoke to an audience of more than 70 faculty, students, and community members. His presentation focused on the technology adaptation and innovations that contributed to the growth in hydraulic fracturing and horizontal wells. Hydraulic Fracturing and horizontal wells are the main enabling mechanism to access the enormous reserves in shale gas and shale oil. Multi-fractured horizontal wells have been used together for over 30 years and have accounted for well over a million fracs in an estimated eighty thousand wells in the shales of North America alone. Other topics covered included shale evaluation, horizontal well positioning, fracture spacing, fracture application, flowback concerns and water sustainability.