New Proppant Technology for Enhanced Oil Recovery

Currently, there is renewed drilling activity in oil and liquid-rich reservoirs throughout North America. These reservoirs require fracture stimulation to make the wells economically feasible. Proppant selection is critical to the success of these fracturing treatments because oil production requires higher proppant pack permeability compared to dry gas production.

Momentive’s new OilPlus™ curable resin coated proppant is specifically designed for fracturing treatments in oil and liquid-rich reservoirs. The resin system of this patent pending proppant increases the relative permeability to oil in the proppant pack resulting in higher oil production.  Laboratory tests showed that OilPlus proppant demonstrated 283% more oil flow through the proppant pack than conventional proppant.