A propane frack or LPG frack was completed yesterday by Jedela Oil Corp in conjunction with Gasfrac and Packers Plus in the Eagle Ford Shale of Maverick County, TX. Watch for results from this well as it will be an early indicator of whether or not propane fracks can provide upside to current economics in the Eagle Ford Shale. LPG (liquified petroleum gas) or propane fracks will also gain more interest if the drought continues in South Texas. In a few cases, we’ve heard of operators drilling $500,000+ water wells to ensure delivery of hydraulic fracturing fluids.
While the process is often referred to as a “propane frack”, an “LPG Frack” is more correct. The fluid is usually more than 90% propane, but will include ethane, propylene, butane, and some heavier hydrocarbons. A few of the benefits of LPG fracks versus hydraulic fracturing completions include:
- LPG’s are more compatible with the formation’s gas
- Quicker completions, with no flow back water
- Reduced formation damage
- Costs savings where water isn’t abundant [Read more…]