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Proppant Transport Technology for Use in High Salinity Water


Fairmount Santrol announced an extension to Propel SSP proppant transport technology, which increases hydraulic fracturing efficiency, for plays where operators face high produced-water disposal costs and constraints on freshwater availability.

This product line extension, Propel SSP 350, leverages the field-proven characteristics of Propel SSP technology into the realm of high salinity water sources.

In addition to enabling delivery of any mesh-size proppant, regardless of pump rate or proppant concentration, to the most complicated of 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 industry-leading 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 further grows the market for Fairmount Santrol’s self-suspending proppant in high salinity plays such as the Marcellus and the Permian, thus ensuring access to the majority of unconventional resource plays. 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 fresh water sources.

“Thanks to this innovation, operators can now, more than ever, design their completions based on reservoir characteristics rather than operational constraints,” said Brian Goldstein, product director, Propel SSP. “This technology advancement is significant, offering flexibility to use water that is 10 times more salty than sea water.”

With Propel SSP 350, Fairmount Santrol further positions itself as a technology partner to collaborate with E&Ps to maximize the productivity and cost-effectiveness of their oil and gas assets, the company said.