Slick-water fracturing is a proven, viable completion process in unconventional reservoirs. The trend is now to build-in more efficiency and reduce recovery costs based on improving completion designs, using inferior proppants and water quality compensated by the frac chemicals. One component of the frac under tremendous scrutiny is the friction reducer, requiring better performance at lower costs. The standard for better performance varies depending on the operator, meaning the product should reduce treating pressure, enable higher treating rates, or carry more proppant. Consequently, the number of different friction reducers has grown exponentially over the last few years to include invert emulsions, suspensions, dry FR powders, and our patented powder- emulsion suspensions, all to improve efficiency and reduce the cost per barrel of treated fluid.
At our core, we are an applications-oriented chemical company primed to bring new innovations to the market. Although we don’t make friction reducers, as leaders in surfactant and polymer chemistries, we make them better, by matching customer completion challenges, regardless of difficulty or complexity, with affordable, “fit-for-purpose”, viable solutions.
As a result, Innospec Oilfield Services focuses on the relationships between polymer chemistry, impact of ionic strength, hydration volume, viscosity, and fluid elasticity to release the newest its innovation to hydraulic fracturing.
AquaBourne is a new High Efficiency Friction Reducer (HEFR) designed with enhanced application robustness to meet the operator’s many objectives. The new water-based slurry is composed of an anionic polyacrylamide and it provides excellent dispersion when added to frac water, providing rapid hydration in fresh as well as moderate to high TDS brine waters. The fast activation in the treating fluid is attributed to the product’s aqueous carrier fluid. So, unlike oil-laden emulsions and suspensions, AquaBourne does not require the shedding of an oil layer prior to hydration. Consequently, the performance reviles the dry FR performance without need of any special handling equipment or personnel on location that can cause loss-time events.
For more information, www.AquaBourneFR.com