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Optimize well landing, fracturing, and production to maximize recovery at less time and cost per barrel.
xWATER integrated water-flexible fracturing fluid delivery service was developed to mitigate the economic and environmental burden of freshwater sourcing, transportation, and treatment, and the disposal of produced water in hydraulic fracturing operations. The service enables operators to use an engineered fracturing fluid customized for the available water, well conditions, and reservoir properties—saving on water-related costs that can account for up to 25% of the total frac operation cost.
After conducting a comprehensive assessment of the water management cycle, the xWATER service pumps custom-engineered fracturing fluid that yields the most cost-effective full water cycle solution. Rather than trying to synthetically derive fluids that match the reservoir characteristics, reusing produced water in our tailored fluids ensures reservoir integrity and maximizes production as compared to using freshwater. Each fracturing fluid system is developed to ensure compatibility with even the most difficult water sources and typically requires little or no treatment.
xWATER service allows operators to use flowback or produced water from previous hydraulic fracturing jobs or nearby alternative water sources such as brackish groundwater or seawater, which greatly reduces the costs of transporting water over long distances. As wells enters the production phase, produced water is collected in centralized, onsite storage facilities and transported to new fracturing sites. When the job is complete, the produced water is returned to the central storage facility, minimizing transportation costs and eliminating the need for disposal.
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Enables operators to use an engineered fracturing fluid customized for the available water, well conditions, and reservoir properties.
Developed to mitigate the economic burden of freshwater transportation and subsequent disposal, novel water- flexible fracturing systems use non-freshwater sources for hydraulic fracturing operations.
In the rush to market and sell an approach to treating produced water, there seems to be a distinct lack of understanding of one of the basic questions that must be established before a water treatment solution can be provided: What is the water quality treatment target?