Unconventional / Shale

Unconventional Solutions for Unconventional Oil and Gas Production

In recent years, the exploration and production of oil and gas shale plays has increased exponentially around the world, creating both opportunities and challenges for producers. Clariant Oil Services collaborates with producers on active shales —such as Bakken, Barnett, Eagle Ford and Mowry—to study the formation and tailor chemical treatment services to maximize production and minimize operating costs.

We understand that reservoir characteristics and associated challenges differ from shale to shale and basin to basin. Our integrated approach to effectively addressing these challenges includes customized production chemicals, well treatment programs and service-oriented solutions. Furthermore, our advances in technology are enabling unconventional shale oil and gas reserves to be exploited efficiently and economically.

Addressing Individual Needs

Unconventional oil and gas is associated with the following sources:

  • Oil shales
  • Oil sands (SAGD)
  • Gas shales and tight gas
  • Coal bed methane

Heavy crude oils and oil sands present specific difficulties for production and transportation. This creates further technical challenges associated with oil and water separation and high oil viscosity.

In gas shales and tight gas, gas is produced by hydraulic fracturing (fracking) of the source rock. Any fluid placed into the formation poses a risk to both the integrity of the formation and the process equipment that handles flow back fluids.

Coal bed methane also poses unique challenges because much of the water produced is disposed of into the environment and must meet certain environmental regulations.

unconventional_shaleDelivering Value-Added Solutions

Clariant Oil Services’ acquisition of Prairie Petro-Chem, a Canada-based oil services company, further strengthened our presence in the North American shale market. In addition, we continue to aggressively invest in service infrastructure, resource deployment and training as part of our commitment to unconventional oil and gas production.

Our shale play service representatives have access to and draw upon an extensive knowledge base and infrastructure consisting of:

  • Well-equipped research and development facilities
  • Application development laboratories
  • Manufacturing plants and blending facilities
  • Supply chain and logistics resources
  • Our experienced engineers work with you to define the best treatment solution for your unconventional oil and gas production and processing needs, and will help you realize maximum value – safely, economically and with consideration for the environment:

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  • Get the optimum flow efficiencies your wells demand​

    Extracting oil from shale reserves involves injecting substantial amounts of water, sand and chemicals at high pressures to crack the rock and allow oil flow. The minerals contained in the ground and induced water, paired with their incompatibility, leads to the formation of scale. These problems become intensified with changing temperatures and pressure and results in formations, such as wax and asphaltene, which causes severe flow assurance challenges.

    Clariant Oil Services’ expert chemists and engineers study the dynamics of scale, wax and asphaltene formations. From there, performance and compatibility tests are conducted and mathematical optimization models are built to provide customized flow assurance solutions to allow optimum flow efficiencies.

    Efficient, Environmentally-acceptable Solutions

    At Clariant Oil Services, safety and the environment are our top priority. Our chemical technologies are developed to provide effective production while maintaining a positive environmental impact that meets the strict safety standards.

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    We are a leading provider of flow assurance solutions and services to the oil and gas industry. Our extensive range of chemical technologies can successfully treat your flow assurance challenges:

  • Reduce costs and increase production in unconventional oil and gas / shale wells

    Unconventional oil and gas applications such as tight shale gas and coal bed methane formations are unique and make extraction of gas and condensation difficult.

    Clariant Oil Services has specially designed chemistries and engineering integrity management services for unconventional / shale wells. Our experts conduct extensive tests and analyze the results to determine the best and most suitable chemistries and dosages for your specific applications.

    We create customized solutions for water treating, corrosion monitoring, bacteria control and mitigation and scale management for unconventional oil and gas shale plays. Clariant Oil Services also provides safe and effective methods to control or remove hydrogen sulfide, iron sulfide, sulfide scale and oxygen to minimize corrosion risks, reduce operating costs and increase production.

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