The need to streamline perforating operations while alleviating the risk of misfires, assembly and downhole time, labor and maintenance costs is a key component to hydraulic fracturing operations, particularly when completing long horizontal wellbores in unconventional shale plays. DynaEnergetics’ DynaStage perforating system incorporates technology in the addressable firing system and an improved mechanical design to help improve overall plug-andperf (PNP) operations. It optimizes perforating operations with fully assembled and ready-to-shoot gun modules delivered to the base or well site.

The fully disposable, maintenance-free system is made more robust by eliminating traditional approaches to selective perforating, detonators, gun hardware and accessory equipment and, with its additional safety features, allows other wellsite operations to run in conjunction with the perforation process.

System features

The system includes intrinsically safe, integrated switch-detonators, preassembled guns with shaped charges and a composite plug, a firing panel, and a surface tester. Commercialized in 2016, the DynaStage system has targeted two areas to improve efficiency and reduce costs.

The first is safety, for which the system has a simple design that eliminates the risk of inadvertent detonation from stray current or voltage. Surface explosive handling and arming can be conducted in less time and in conjunction with other operations. The design eliminates the need to hold the gun system at shallow subsurface depth during simultaneous operations. Both factors reduce wait times at the well site.

The second targeted area is reliability. The design of the electronic system and simplification of the mechanical field assembly process help to reduce the number of misruns, which increases efficiency and lowers the cost of completions.

Improved assembly at surface

During the assembly of conventional perforating systems, including mechanical component assembly, arming the system and connecting the gun string to the wireline, there is a risk that resistorized detonators can be initiated with radio frequency energy, stray current or stray voltage on the surface. These traditional detonators can contribute to an increased risk of injury and destruction when connecting the detonator to the gun string and wireline truck.

Read more: Alleviating Firing System Safety Risks And Costs