Hexion releases new proppant that reduces produced water

The Oilfield Technology Group (OTG) of Hexion Inc. (Hexion) has announced the release of a new resin coated proppant technology for fracturing service companies and operators in the oil and gas industry.

AquaBond™ proppant, available in 20/40, 30/50, and 40/70 mesh sizes, is a next-generation resin coated sand.  This advanced proppant utilises a unique resin chemistry that reduces the production of formation water, while maintaining oil and gas production.  This increases the profitability of the well by reducing waste water storage and disposal costs.

Along with this unique feature, the AquaBond proppant’s Stress Bond™ technology delivers all the benefits of a curable resin coated proppant.  This includes proppant flowback control, reduction of proppant fines generation, minimisation of proppant embedment, and enhanced well production.

“This new resin coated proppant can reduce the production of formation water, but maintains the flow of oil and gas,” said Jody Bevilaqua, President, Epoxy Phenolics and Coatings Division. “The cost savings to operators combined with the enhanced production will help them see even greater returns from their wells.”

Resin coated proppants are used in the hydraulic fracturing process to help optimise production from oil and gas wells by maximising fracture flow capacity from the reservoir to the wellbore. Technological innovations and Hexion’s introduction of enhanced materials have expanded the use of resin coated proppants into unconventional reservoirs that feature complex and challenging geological formations. Hexion’s experienced personnel, with their years of hydraulic fracturing knowledge and expertise, continue to bring advanced proppants to the industry.


Adapted from a press release by David Bizley

Published on 17/07/2015


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