Definition - What does Refracturing mean?

Refracturing is the process of re-energizing an oil well so as to increase its productivity. The purpose Refracturing is to access higher pressure regions of a reservoir in order to increase oil and gas production. When increasing the production of a well by Refracturing, certain set guidelines and type curves has to be followed. Refracturing is an effective method used to increase the life span of a well.

Petropedia explains Refracturing

Refracturing is about re-using or reviving the same source of fuel. It is one of the optimal solutions for increasing oil and gas production from a cluster of low producing wells. Thousands of wells can be Refractured to improve the flow of oil and natural gas. Effective operations of Refracturing not only improve nearby wellbore connections, but also bypass any nearby wellbore damages to all close-by wells.

There various advantages of Refracturing include:

  • In certain cases it restores the productivity of a well.
  • It gives access to higher pressure regions and hence more oil or gas.
  • It helps in better economics by using the same oil well for a longer duration.
  • It decreases the cost of production.
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