Proppant-Transport Technology

Fairmount Santrol introduced an extension to Propel’s SSP proppant-transport technology, which increases hydraulic fracturing efficiency, for plays where operators face high produced-water-disposal costs and limited freshwater availability. This product line extension, Propel SSP 350, leverages the characteristics of Propel SSP technology into the realm of high-salinity water sources. In addition to enabling delivery of any mesh-size proppant to fracture networks, Propel SSP 350 now adds flexibility in water sourcing. Propel SSP 350 can use the most operationally convenient water sources to minimize cost and simplify completions. This technology provides operators the benefit and versatility of improving proppant transport while removing the need for excess chemicals and water, energized fluids, and specialized equipment. Propel SSP 350 is designed for plays with water constraints, such as the Marcellus, with its limited and costly produced-water-disposal options, or the Permian, where high-salinity brackish and produced water is most abundant. Rated for 350,000-ppm total dissolved solids and 40,000-ppm water hardness, Propel SSP 350 offers an opportunity to reduce water-treatment, logistics, and disposal costs while potentially eliminating the need for freshwater sources and allows the ability to design completions on the basis of reservoir characteristics rather than operational constraints.

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From left, the Fairmount Santrol Propel SSP 350 at a concentration of 6 ppa in fresh water, brackish water, produced water, and slickwater upon blending.