Patent-pending and Proprietary Technology
Use of propellant to stimulate production offers a full range of operational, economic, and environmental advantages over traditional hydraulic fracturing in many applications. These begin with eliminating the use of water, of proppant sand, and of the need for wastewater recycling and disposal, and extend to improving field deployment logistics, along with lowering ongoing operating costs through reductions in both production equipment failure rates and transportation costs.
These existing propellant fracturing technologies have been successfully deployed in thousands of wells. However, despite their success, existing tools can only be used for short-duration treatments in vertical wells. These limitations have prevented widespread adoption.
RocketFrac’s isolation tool offers a completely new approach to propellant fracturing, featuring a range of innovations for potentially disruptive improvements in performance. The advantages of RocketFrac’s patent-pending tool begin with fracture zone isolation for unprecedented propellant fracturing performance.
Tool Innovation with Revolutionary Isolation Mechanism
The uniqueness of the RocketFrac tool is its ability to deliver long duration pressure profiles to specifically targeted zones, thanks to RocketFrac’s unique isolation mechanism.
The tool and its integrated sealing mechanisms are:
- Automatically deployed
- Fully capable of containing the tremendous pressure generated by solid propellant
- Designed for easy removal from wells
And RocketFrac has collaboratively worked with its supplier in developing a proprietary custom blend of solid rocket propellant specifically to take advantage of the performance improvements available in conjunction with operation of this new tool.
Oilfield-Specific Tool Design and Environmentally Responsible Propellant Formulation
RocketFrac also designed the tool and its operation to be simple in its deployment and fully functional in both vertical and horizontal wells.
RocketFrac has the first tool to use a specially formulated proprietary propellant to achieve optimum pressure profiles for well stimulation. The propellant and initiation mechanisms are built specifically for use on wellsites, and are fully compliant with all oilfield safety requirements. RocketFrac’s propellant is safe to handle and transport, and generates no harmful byproducts.
Fast and Efficient Site Deployment
RocketFrac’s solution is designed to be simple and straightforward for operators to deploy. Only a wireline or coil tubing rig is required for downhole deployment, as compared to dozens of trucks and complex logistics for transport of materials and supplies for hydraulic fracing. This allows substantial reduction in logistical complexity with significant reductions of time and equipment required at the wellsite resulting in considerable opportunities for cost savings.
Requires only two trucks and no water or Frac sand
Drilling site using Rocketfrac technology requiring no water, sand or wastewater recovery. Can be operated at a fraction of the cost of traditional hydraulic drilling sites.
RocketFrac gives operators the ability and option to also utilize coiled tubing drilling processes.
Requires dozens of vehicles
Standard hydraulic drilling site requiring millions of gallons of water, water treatment pond, large numbers of vehicles and employees.
RocketFrac - Economically-Efficient and Environmentally-Friendly
Description RocketFrac Hydraulic On Site Personnel
2 - 3
Multiple pumpers, mixers, storage and water tanks
Up to 20 million gallons / well
Up to 20 million pounds / well
Cased & perfed
Plug & perf, sliding sleeve
Depends on well completion
Duration (per Zone)
Same day logistics, well insertion, and ~30 seconds in operation
Complex logistical setup, then operationally multiple hours or even days
Zones in sequence
Zones treated separately
No contaminated water or harmful by-products
Contaminated water must be recycled or disposed of by injection
Only a couple of trucks required and safe for local infrastructure
Major equipment fleet, water and proppant delivery traffic damages roads and inconveniences residents