Patent Number: 8,584,758

Title: Apparatus for fracturing of wells

Abstract: A process for fracturing a lined well uses a packer assembly in a liner string that provides a cement-free segment and interface with the formation. The device has multiple packers with inflatable elements that are run as an integral assembly. After the liner assembly is positioned, cement is circulated into the assembly and wiped from the interior of the liner string into the annulus. Pressure within the liner string is elevated to initiate time delays for the radial inflation of the packer elements. The inflation radially and axially displaces the cement surrounding the elements before the cement sets. Each packer is subsequently opened to expose the frac ports in the packer directly to the formation for frac operations.

Inventors: Radmanovich; Donald J. (Tofield, CA), Seutter; Daniel (Calgary, CA)

Assignee: 1473706 Alberta Ltd.

International Classification: E21B 43/26 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 1/19/12018