Saint-Gobain Proppants and Texas A&M Energy Institute Announce Collaboration
COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- December 20, 2013
Researchers from Texas A&M University’s Energy Institute and Saint-Gobain
Proppants have begun a collaborative effort to better understand the behavior
of proppants in hydraulic fracturing operations.
The collaboration will initially involve research into the “down hole”
performance of proppants in fractured wells.
The collaboration will consist of two research projects. The first is an
exploration of geochemical interactions between formation fluids and minerals
with fracturing fluid and proppants to better understand how different
materials are affected by bore and fracture ambient conditions. The work, led
by Hisham Nasr-El-Din, professor in the Harold Vance Department of Petroleum
Engineering at Texas A&M, is expected to lead to better understanding of how
to improve proppant stability and performance.
The second research effort—led by Zoya Heidari and John Killough, professors
in the Harold Vance Department of Petroleum Engineering at Texas A&M—involves
the application of enhanced well-logging signals and borehole imaging
techniques to capture time-lapse degradation of proppants after they are
placed in the fracture to track the proppant changes in situ and over time.
The outcome of the project will be a new method to quantify changes to
sedimentary rock due to the presence of propping agents in the borehole.
“The research is a unique collaboration between petroleum and materials
experts from both teams and provides the hydraulic fracturing industry with
greater understanding of proppant behavior,” said Tim Stephens, director of
research and development for Saint-Gobain Proppants.
According to John Pappas, interim director of the Texas A&M Energy Institute,
the project is a great example of the Institute’s mission. “We are increasing
our collaborations with industry to solve energy problems that are relevant
and multidisciplinary,” Pappas said. “This project is in line with our goal of
establishing long-term relationships that leverage industry resources and
expertise with Texas A&M’s research capabilities and broad capabilities across
the energy sector.”
Saint-Gobain, the world leader in the habitat and construction markets,
designs, manufactures and distributes building materials providing innovative
solutions to meet the challenges of growth, energy saving and environmental
protection. With 2012 sales of $55.5 billion, Saint-Gobain operates in 64
countries and has nearly 195,000 employees. Saint-Gobain Proppants
manufactures ceramic proppants, such as VersaLite®, VersaProp®, and
UltraProp®, that meet and exceed the rigorous requirements of hydraulic
fracturing and contribute to successful hydraulic fracturing in oil and gas
wells around the globe.For more information,
About Texas A&M Energy Institute
The Texas A&M Energy Institute (EI) supports Texas A&M University’s goal of
becoming a world leader in all areas of energy research, scholarship, and
creative work and contributing to cutting-edge solutions for grand scientific,
engineering, and societal challenges. The institute matches researchers and
world-class facilities with internal and external partners to define and solve
energy problems and turn those solutions into useful global products.
Texas A&M Energy Institute
John Pappas, P.E., 979-458-1644
Tim Stephens, 330-677-3502
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