The process of ‘fracking’ involves drilling a wellbore deep underground, often with a horizontal stage used when a rock bed is particularly shallow. The rock is then fractured using explosives that create small fissures in the rock which aid the flow of oil and gas out of the bed into the wellbore. It is the low porosity of the rock that necessitates the hydraulic fracturing to make a well economical. Without hydraulic fracturing, the well would not produce enough oil and gas to make it worthwhile to drill.
Water, sand and some chemicals are injected down the well under pressure to ensure these fissures stay open under the immense pressure caused by the rock formations above the target rock bed. It is the sand that holds the fissures open which are often just a few millimetres wide. A large amount of water (many millions of gallons) is used in a single frack and the water may come from many different sources, e.g, freshwater, saltwater or recycled water from a previous fracking process.
Most of the chemicals added are those typically used in other industrial processes that utilise water and are added to maintain the integrity of the wellbore, e.g. surfactants, corrosion inhibitors, pH controllers and friction reducers.
Biocides are added to the water to prevent the build-up of bacteria in the water that may lead to acid corrosion or the creation of sulphide-based compounds. Bacterial growth can impair the production of oil and gas wells and can be introduced into the fracking fluid from various sources – including the source water and the proppant. Proppant is the term used for the sand (or other compounds) that hold the fissures open.
To optimise your processes and ensure efficient usage of biocides, monitoring of chemical content in water is required. With Kemio™ Disinfection, you can generate biocide results in 60 seconds, giving clear results for the operator of over or under dosing.
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10th January 2022
From 25 –27 January, Palintest is exhibiting at the International Production and Processing Expo (IPPE) in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. Come and visit our booth BC10122 and meet our Technical Specialist Mandy Hird and Application Scientist Kaitlin Turner.
11th November 2021
On Monday 15th November – Wednesday 17th November our Senior Regional Sales Manager Bryony Vaughan and Regional Sales Manager Iain McCulloch will be exhibiting in person at ArabLab 2021 in Dubai. Come and see us in hall 4, stand 114-116.
11th November 2021
Our regional sales manager Iain McCulloch and technical support specialist Jessica McKenna recently attended the RedR/ Cranfield University borehole drilling course, a 4-day course giving students hands on experience of well siting, drilling programmes and water quality testing.