While the protocols for evaluating conventional reservoirs were established decades ago, shale gas is just now becoming a viable energy source. As a result, best practices for maximizing its production are highly debated. Even among the best and brightest in our industry, there is broad disagreement about the fundamentals of shale gas science. The truth is, we are in the steep part of a learning curve about how best to analyze-and optimize-these reservoirs.
Despite differences of opinion, however, there is consensus about the importance of these three assessments in the analysis of shale gas opportunities: 1) Thermal maturity and richness; 2) Gas in place; 3) Frac-ability.
Weatherford Laboratories is the only commercial entity in the world that offers all three of these disciplines under one roof. We provide unsurpassed geochemical, sorption properties and rock mechanics measurements-so reliable, in fact, that many of our competitors turn to us to run these tests.
As the shale gas story unfolds, Weatherford Laboratories will be at the forefront of the discussion. We agree that better methodologies will evolve, that proven protocols will be established. In the interim, we deliver the most comprehensive shale gas testing available today-benefitting both you and your project.