Northside: Proppants: It Matters What You Pump

Speaker: Eric Westbrook
Speaker Eric Westbrook
  Eric Westbrook has over 35 years’ experience in the industrial mineral industry.  He is currently the Vice President of Global Energy Technology for Unimin Energy Solutions, the world’s largest producer of hydraulic fracturing sand. Eric has a strong background in mineral exploration, process engineering, and mining.  He utilizes these ...

 


Eric Westbrook has over 35 years’ experience in the industrial mineral industry.  He is currently the Vice President of Global Energy Technology for Unimin Energy Solutions, the world’s largest producer of hydraulic fracturing sand.


Eric has a strong background in mineral exploration, process engineering, and mining.  He utilizes these skills to solve customer and industry problems in creative and innovative ways.  The four patents he holds are a testament to his extensive knowledge and experience. 


For the past 9 years, Eric was the chief technical officer for Sibelco Asia.  He has a global understanding of the minerals used throughout the oil and gas industry.  

Full Description

Second only to fracturing fluid, proppants play a major role in the hydraulic fracturing process.  In 2014 alone, roughly 114 billion pounds of raw sand proppant was pumped in the United States.  The trend shows that proppant production and usage is on the rise and will continue to play an important role in the future fracturing process.

Where does natural sand proppant come from?

The mining process is the key to quality, natural product.  Ensuring that everything from the planning stage to drying and sizing is done correctly is critical to the performance of the proppant. 

So, can any type of sand be called a proppant? 

Some engineers have the perception that all proppants are created equal and can produce the same results.  The truth is though, no two proppants are alike.  Each formation that the proppant is produced from has different properties that can either aid or impair a well’s production.

If no two proppants are alike, how can you compare one to another? 

There are specific questions you should ask your proppant supplier to help you establish a baseline comparison of products from one to another.  We will discuss this and what the answers can mean for your well’s production.

Organizer Kelsey Ridpath

Kelsey_Ridpath@swn.com


Work: 832-796-7645

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Tue, Jan. 12, 2016
11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. US/Central

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Southwestern Energy
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Spring, Texas 77389
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