Ceramic Beads Used to Drill CONSOL’s Monster PA Utica Well

On Monday MDN told you about CONSOL Energy’s newest Utica Shale well, a gusher with initial production of an eye-popping 61.9 million cubic feet per day per day (see CONSOL 4Q15: All About that Utica, ‘Bout that Utica, No Marcellus). The well, the GH 9, was drilled not in Ohio, but in Greene County, PA. Drillers always wonder what techniques and technologies were used in drilling such a well. How long are the laterals? What kind of choke is used? How much sand per foot? Etc. We have one bit of detail to share. Apparently CONSOL is cool with CARBO Ceramics telling the world that the GH 9 used CARBO ceramic beads in place of sand as the proppant. Here’s the details from CARBO for exactly what was used as the proppant in the GH 9…

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