Recent Advancements in Viscosifying Friction Reducers for Hydraulic Fracturing

Includes a Live Event on 10/13/2021 at 11:00 AM (EDT)

Viscosity-building friction reducers (VFR) have become the fracturing fluid of choice by operators in many unconventional resource plays across North America and other countries over the past several years. These polyacrylamide-based fluids can be pumped at low concentrations for slickwater applications, or higher concentrations to develop enhanced rheological properties and efficient proppant transport characteristics. Key advantages of VFR fluids include reduced equipment and chemical requirements on location, enhanced proppant placement and fracture conductivities, lower water volume requirements and reduced fracturing costs. VFR fluid systems have also evolved over the past 3-4 years, with recent technology advances made in areas including produced water applications, frac-hit mitigation and proppant transport. Operationally,  VFR polymers can now be delivered and pumped as dry powders which eliminates the need for handling of the oil-based liquid forms of the polymer. This onsite delivery method reduces chemical FR volumes by about 75% and provides a significant reduction in the carbon footprint and safety risks, as well as the potential for further cost savings.    

This webinar will review the recent technology advances that have been made with VFR fracturing fluids and provide field examples to demonstrate how they have been applied in various documented projects in North America and Argentina.

This webinar is categorized under the Completions technical discipline.

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OnePetro Papers:

High Viscosity Friction Reducer Testing, Trialing, and Application Workflow: A Permian Basin Case Study

Dry Powder Deliver of Friction Reducers: A Step Change in Slickwater Fracturing

Early Applications of Viscosifying Friction Reducers for Hydraulic Fracturing Operations in the Vaca Muerta Formation, Argentina

Application of High Viscous Friction Reducers in Saudi Unconventional Reservoirs

Performance of Friction Reducers in Iron-Rich Environments

Correlating the Performance of Friction Reducers with Source Water Chemistry

An In-Depth Study of Proppant Transport and Placement with Various Fracturing Fluids

Case Studies of High Viscosity Friction Reducers HVFR in the STACK Play

Applications of Viscosity-Building Friction Reducers as Fracturing Fluids

High Concentration Polyacrylamide-Based Friction Reducer Used as a Direct Substitute for Guar-Based Borate Crosslinked Fluid in Fracturing Operations

Dry Polyacrylamide Friction Reducer: Not Just for Slick Water

Mark Van Domelen

Vice President of Technology, Downhole Chemical Solutions

Mark Van Domelen is the Vice President of Technology for Downhole Chemical Solutions, where his primary areas of expertise are hydraulic fracturing, well completion methods, and fracturing fluids. Prior to joining DCS, Mark worked for Halliburton for 31 years in a variety of roles including technology, engineering, operations management, supply chain, and training positions. Nearly half of his career has been spent in international positions in The Netherlands, Angola, Egypt and Denmark. Mark has a degree in Mining Engineering from the University of Wisconsin and has authored numerous SPE papers and served on several committees for the Society of Petroleum Engineers. Mark was also an SPE Distinguished Lecturer from 2018-2019 where his speaking topic was “Developing the Next Generation of Completion Engineers”.

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Recent Advancements in Viscosifying Friction Reducers for Hydraulic Fracturing
10/13/2021 at 11:00 AM (EDT)   |  90 minutes
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