Shale Gas New Momentive Factory Provides Proppants for Shale Gas Production

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A new production plant by Momentive's Oilfield Technology Group provides proppants for shale gas fracturing processes. It is the second addition to the company's production grid in 2011.

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Houston, Texas/USA – The American boom of shale gas exploration and production has reached the chemicals industry: Speciality chemicals company Momentive announced the startup of a new production plant that aims to cater fracturing service companies and operators in the oil and gas industry. The new facility of Momentive's Oilfield Technology Group (OTG) in Batesville, Arkansas, will produce resin coated proppants that are used in hydraulic fracturing processes. This plant is already the second addition to OTG's manufacturing grid in 2011: earlier this year an OTG plant in Cleburne, Texas, was expanded.

“We continue to add needed capacity to satisfy our customers’ demand for specialty proppants for the growing horizontal fracturing market. The addition of this facility to our current manufacturing grid will enable us to ensure an ongoing and secure supply of specialty proppants for the industry,” said Jerry Borges, Vice President, Oilfield Technology Group.

Shale Gas Exploration in Challenging Geological Formations

According to company officials, the Batesville facilities will produce BlackPro, a new OTG proppant with special resin bonding properties. OTG expects this product to offer additional benefits for customers in the shale gas industry: “We continue to develop new products to address the shale exploration requirements in North America,” Borges said. “Black Pro proppant is another addition to our line of products that provides flowback control for our customers in the numerous frac treatments in the horizontal sections. The benefits of curable resin coated proppants have helped our customers maintain clean wellbores when producing these prolific wells.”

Resin coated proppants are used in the hydraulic fracturing process to help optimize production from oil and gas wells by maximizing fracture flow capacity from the reservoir to the wellbore. Recent products like new OTG proppants, have helped to expand shale gas production into unconventional reservoirs that feature complex and challenging geological formations.