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A substance and method for treating a subterranean formation using hydraulic fracturing. A non-metallic, substantially deformable, proppant particle is “elastically flexible” or “plastically compressible” and adapted for use at concentrations which will substantially create a partial monolayer. The method for treating a formation with a non-metallic deformable proppant, includes the steps of injecting a carrier fluid into the formation, the carrier fluid carrying an amount of the deformable proppant, wherein the carrier fluid is injected at a pressure and a flow rate sufficient to create or open an existing fracture or fracture network in the formation, and placing at least a portion of the deformable proppant in the fracture, the deformable proppant forming substantially a partial monolayer in the fracture, and reducing the pressure and/or the flow rate sufficient to allow the fracture in the formation to at least partially close, wherein at least a portion of the deformable proppant remains in the fracture to prop open at least a portion of the fracture.

Title
Method of treating a formation using deformable proppants
Application Number
12/977462
Publication Number
8062998 (B2)
Application Date
December 23, 2010
Publication Date
November 22, 2011
Inventor
Garnet Ross Olson
Calgary
CA
Adolph Joseph John Peskunowicz
Redwood Meadows
CA
Robert Gordon Fulton
Calgary
CA
Agent
Boyle Fredrickson S C
Assignee
Canyon Technical Services
CA
IPC
E21B 43/267
C09K 8/62
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