When pumping is underway, downhole tools and assets can often be subject to the erosive impact of proppant. Irregular shaped and sized proppants are often manufactured with a range of imperfections that actually serve to reduce conductivity and strength. Throughout the years, the properties of man-made proppant have improved incrementally. However, the oil and gas industry long required a technological step-change for deeper, high stress and high production wells.
CARBO's expertise within materials science and manufacturing enabled it to develop a more conductive and more durable proppant technology that significantly improves overall fracture conductivity (or space to flow), resulting in reduced erosion, enhanced production, increased recoverable reserves and greater returns for the operator.