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BHGE introduces lightweight, non-composite conventional frac plug

A new conventional frac plug constructed completely from an engineered alloy is 70% lighter than conventional material. The MILLITE plug, just released by BHGE, cleans up and mills out smoother than any other conventional plug on the market, said Stacey Meredith, Frac Plug Product Line Manager with BHGE. It offers something completely new to the industry. With a specific gravity of 1.8, the fine debris floats out of the well without additional cleaning or costly chemicals. At 13 in., its design produces a lower volume of debris than standard plugs. In this video from the 2019 Hydraulic Fracturing Technology Conference on 6 February in The Woodlands, Texas, she also talks about key features of the plug and the results achieved ...

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New pressure-pumping technology reduces footprint while increasing horsepower

AFGlobal recently completed its field evaluation of the DuraStim pressure-pumping technology in the Permian Basin. The technology offers three times the effective horsepower of a conventional frac unit, as well as a 65% reduction in fleet footprint and manpower. In this video from the 2019 Hydraulic Fracturing Technology Conference in The Woodlands, Texas, DC speaks with Tom Gable, Director of DuraStim Pump Technologies for AFGlobal, about the new pump, including its benefits, results achieved in the Permian project, as well as potential future applications.

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Joint SPE/ICoTA Conference to showcase impact of data and latest technologies for well interventions

Digitalization and innovation are just a few of the key focus areas of this year’s SPE/ICoTA Well Intervention Conference and Exhibition, taking place 26-27 March in The Woodlands, Texas. According to Matt Billingham and Ron Zbitowsky, Conference Chair and Vice Chair, this event has something for everyone. Hosted jointly by SPE and the Intervention and Coiled Tubing Association (ICoTA), the conference includes more than 60 peer-selected technical presentations of interest to E&P professionals. “Attendees will walk away with valuable knowledge and skills to advance their business goals and support their professional development, from automated wireline milling in the intervention solutions session to vertical seismic profiling in the new data enhanced interventions session,” Mr Zbitowsky said. According to Mr Billingham, “There ...

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Reveal Energy Services commercializes frac hit analysis service

Reveal Energy Services has announced the commercialization of the FracEYE frac hit analysis service to expand the industry’s knowledge base about the critical issue of parent well-child well communication. With ongoing infill development, frac hits from the pressure communication between wells can cause significant production decreases in parent wells. Child wells can also underperform. The goal of Reveal Energy Services was to clearly define the effect of frac hits and allow operators to make timely adjustments to their completion designs. The foundation of the service is the company’s pressure-based technology. The service categorizes the type and severity of interwell communication by measuring the pressure response from a parent well as hydraulic fracturing proceeds normally in child wells. A team of ...

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DynaEnergetics completes field trials of new DS Trinity perforating system

DynaEnergetics, a business of DMC Global, announced it achieved a 100% success rate on field trials of its new DS Trinity perforating system. DS Trinity, which features three charges on a single plane, is a member of the DynaStage family of factory-assembled, performance-assured perforating systems. The field trials were conducted in 6-in. casing using a 4-in. outer diameter (OD) DS Trinity system...

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Halliburton releases fluid-efficient dissolvable frac plug

Halliburton has released the Illusion Spire, the first fluid-efficient dissolvable frac plug. This offering expands on the capabilities of current dissolvable plugs, but with a larger internal diameter and less mass for greater efficiency. In the unconventional market, the time to bring a well on production is critical. Traditional plug designs can result in sub-optimal plug conveyance and excessive fluid volumes. The company designed the Illusion Spire technology with a water-saving element so that operators can pump faster, resulting in reduced completion time. The reduced plug size also drives quicker and more consistent dissolution time. “Our goal was to develop the industry’s most advanced frac plug that delivers increased efficiency to help operators reduce rig time and save costs,” Mark Dawson, Vice President ...

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