07178596 is referenced by 108 patents and cites 195 patents.

The present invention provides compositions and methods for enhancing subterranean well productivity by enhancing fracture conductivity. A method of increasing the conductivity of a fracture in a portion of a subterranean formation comprising providing a slurry comprising a fracturing fluid, a degradable material, and proppant particulates coated with a tackifying agent; allowing the degradable material to become at least temporarily attached to the tackifying agent coated onto the proppant particulates so as to avoid substantial segregation of the degradable material from the proppant particulates within the slurry; introducing the slurry to the fracture and allowing the proppant particulates and degradable material to form a substantially uniform particulate pack; and, allowing the degradable material to degrade and produce a particulate pack having voids therein.

Title
Methods for improving proppant pack permeability and fracture conductivity in a subterranean well
Application Number
10/947427
Publication Number
7178596 (B2)
Application Date
September 20, 2004
Publication Date
February 20, 2007
Inventor
Thomas D Welton
Duncan
OK, US
Philip D Nguyen
Duncan
OK, US
Matthew E Blauch
Duncan
OK, US
Agent
Baker Botts
Robert A Kent
Assignee
Halliburton Energy Services
OK, US
IPC
E21B 43/267
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