The proppant choice

By John Ollett, Kasia Patel
Published: Wednesday, 21 November 2012

The wrong choice of proppant for hydraulic fracturing wells can hamper production, wasting time and money for oilfield drillers. But what is the right choice and how should the choice be made?

Oil and gas are resources of great economic importance. The recent advent of horizontal drilling in the US (and the associated hydraulic fracturing), means that cheaper natural gas is changing the shape of the market, but much hinges on the hard round grains known as proppants, so called because they...

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