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Recent Advancements in Viscosifying Friction Reducers for Hydraulic Fracturing

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Course Credit: 0.15 CEU, 1.5 PDH

Viscosity-building friction reducers (VFR) have become the fracturing fluid of choice by operators in many unconventional resource plays across North America and other countries over the past several years. These polyacrylamide-based fluids can be pumped at low concentrations for slickwater applications, or higher concentrations to develop enhanced rheological properties and efficient proppant transport characteristics. Key advantages of VFR fluids include reduced equipment and chemical requirements on location, enhanced proppant placement and fracture conductivities, lower water volume requirements and reduced fracturing costs. VFR fluid systems have also evolved over the past 3-4 years, with recent technology advances made in areas including produced water applications, frac-hit mitigation and proppant transport. Operationally, VFR polymers can now be delivered and pumped as dry powders which eliminates the need for handling of the oil-based liquid forms of the polymer. This onsite delivery method reduces chemical FR volumes by about 75% and provides a significant reduction in the carbon footprint and safety risks, as well as the potential for further cost savings.

This webinar will review the recent technology advances that have been made with VFR fracturing fluids and provide field examples to demonstrate how they have been applied in various documented projects in North America and Argentina.

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  • 1Recent Advancements in Viscosifying Friction Reducers for Hydraulic Fracturing - Chapter 1
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Earn credits by completing this course0.15 CEU credit1.5 PDH credits


Mark Van Domelen