Important Hydraulic Fracturing Facts You Need to Know

If you say hydraulic fracturing, you are referring to a process of removing resources found underground such as geothermal energy, water, oil, and natural gas. Hydraulic fracturing is one of the most beneficial processes being used in the gas and oil industries. This process is used in order for fracture system subsurface to be enhanced. This is done in order for the natural gas and oil to move easily to the production wells starting from the rock pores. The oil and gas will be able to rise up the surface with the help of these wells.

The creation of wells or other local structures is the beginning of the process of hydraulic fracturing. Drilling of production wells can be done in vertical sections or in directional or horizontal sections. Most of the time, the assembled well sections will then be drilled beneath the surface of the earth about thousands of feet away. Far from the production well, the horizontal sections of can go as far as 6000 to 1000 inches.

When the hydraulic fracturing process is done, fluids will be used to push into the geologic structure with the aid of high pressure. What these fluids contain are a mixture of water and some chemical additives. These fluids are needed in about a thousand gallon of amount. For the rock fractures to be weaker, high pressure must be applied; on the other hand, for the fractures to grow big, the chemical fluids will be the one responsible for them. All this and more can be done during hydraulic fracturing that will reach even several thousands of feet and much longer distances.

The faults will be have a propping chemical pushed to it when the process has already reached the desired fracture that they need. Doing this is crucial to process to keep the faults opened once the fluids must be pumped. The fracturing fluids going up happens at the end of the hydraulic fracturing process where the cause for this is the internal pressure from the structure.

The fracturing fluid that was collected at the end of the process is well known as flowback. Surface water discharge and underground injection are the two main methods of getting rid of this flowback. When this is done wrong, then there are more chances that it can be a threat to the environment and other surrounding life forms.

In order for the process of hydraulic fracturing to be done the best way, frac units available must be bought by the oil or gas company. This is why you have to choose the right manufacturer of the hydraulic fracturing tools and equipment that you will be using.

More info here: https://www.britannica.com/technology/fracking

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