Westside: A New Generation of Efficient Fracturing Fluids for High Total Dissolved Solids Applications

Speaker: Gabriel Monreal, Principal Chemist, Fluid Chemistry Laboratory Section, FTS International
Speaker Gabriel Monreal, Principal Chemist, Fluid Chemistry Laboratory Section, FTS International
Mr. Gabriel Monreal is a principal chemist in the Fluid Chemistry Laboratory Section of FTS International’s Corporate Technology Center in Houston.  Since joining FTS International in 2012, Mr. Monreal has worked on the development of new fracturing fluid systems and additives for use in unconventional reservoirs.  His primary research focus ...

Mr. Gabriel Monreal is a principal chemist in the Fluid Chemistry Laboratory Section of FTS International’s Corporate Technology Center in Houston.  Since joining FTS International in 2012, Mr. Monreal has worked on the development of new fracturing fluid systems and additives for use in unconventional reservoirs.  His primary research focus is the development of efficient fracturing fluid systems that are suitable for use in produced and flowback water sources.  Before joining FTS International, Mr. Monreal worked downstream as a refinery chemist for NuStar Energy, L.P., as well as an R&D chemist in hydraulic fracturing technologies and water treatment for Weatherford International Ltd.  He holds a B.S. degree in chemistry from Baylor University and an M.S. in Chemistry from Texas State University.

Full Description

As the stimulation of unconventional resources expands, a need has arisen for alternative fracturing fluids that offer advantages over traditional guar-based systems, particularly with regard to proppant pack cleanup and minimization of formation damage. Key parameters that would make a fluid system a preferable option over guar include the reduction of polymer necessary to achieve desired fluid stability, as well as the ability to viscosify diversified water sources, including produced water.  Low-pH fracturing fluid systems which utilize a low residue polymer as the gelling agent have been developed to meet this need. 

These new fluid systems are designed to accommodate hybrid fracturing designs, and to viscosify the variety of source waters employed in many locations. A linear gelling agent is utilized that provides rapid hydration rates in waters containing up to 110,000 mg/l total dissolved solids (TDS). Rapid hydration for the linear system occurs at a pH range of 5 to 11, eliminating the necessity for hydration buffers. The crosslinked system offers effective fluid stability at pH 5 with a temperature range of 125° to 250 °F, polymer loadings as low as 12 lbm/Mgal, and stability in produced waters containing 110,000 mg/l TDS.  Linear gel systems offer hydration rates of less than 3 minutes at 40°F in 2% KCl brine. This minimizes the volume of fresh water required while maintaining the necessary frac fluid parameters. This presentation will discuss the technical and operational advantages of these fluid systems versus guar in various water sources, including produced water mixtures.  The impact on productivity and formation compatibility relative to currently used fluid systems will also be covered.

 

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Organizer Sandeep Pedam

Telephone:  713-591-5738        Email:  sandeep.pedam@conocophillips.com


 

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Wed, Sep. 17, 2014
11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. America/Chicago

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Norris Westchase Center
9990 Richmond Ave., Suite 102
Houston, TX 77042

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