Saturday, June 16, 2012

GasFrac Brings Waterless Fracking to the Eagle Ford!

I first wrote about GasFrac a few months ago and have been following the company ever since.  The company, based out of Calgary, has developed a proprietary and patented process for fracking oil and gas wells in tight formations with a propane gel.

GasFrac has now signed an agreement with Blackbush Oil & Gas, LP to frack wells in the Eagle Ford Shale in South Texas.

The process promises to significantly reduce the oil and gas industry's reliance on water as a primary component in fracking wells, which is great for the environment.

Gasfrac’s Ward said the company’s technology uses a propane gel to fracture rock instead of the usual mix of water, sand and chemicals.
“We are the only 100 percent waterless (well) stimulation process in the world. The beauty of the gel is that it becomes gas again as it returns to the surface. Because it is vaporized, there’s no disposal or cleanup. It’s a clean hole. All we leave is sand.”
The gel was developed by Chevron Corp., which patented it, while Gasfrac has patents on the process, Ward said.
“We spent two years looking at how to gel it and pump it.”
Gasfrac has landed a two-year contract with San Antonio-based BlackBrush Oil & Gas LP to provide fracturing services for the exploration company’s wells in the Carrizo Springs area.
BlackBrush officials weren’t available for comment Friday.
Ward said he believes Gasfrac’s propane gel will come into wide use when it’s better known. “We’re still the new kid on the block.”

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