Santrol increases proppant R&D investment with new technology center
SUGAR LAND, Texas — Santrol, a Fairmount Minerals company, has announced the opening of the Santrol Technology Center (STC). The new STC laboratory, relocated from Santrol’s original R&D center in Fresno, Texas, is expanding the company’s proppant portfolio for hydraulic fracturing.
“This is pure research in pursuit of next-generation technology and other applications, based on a forward-looking view that is anticipating customers’ long-range needs for energy production at lower cost,” said Vinay Mehta, vice president, Technical Excellence and Innovation for Fairmount Minerals.
The proper understanding of a material’s chemical structure is critical to synthesizing resins with unique properties to create stronger resin-coated proppants. Scientists are working with exceptional laboratory equipment that is optimizing the bonding between resins and high-quality quartz sand and other substrates. This R&D results in a stronger proppant pack that is increasing reservoir contact during multistage hydraulic fracturing treatments and maintaining that contact during the well life.
The center is researching proppant surface science and other structural features at the atomic and molecular level, in addition to developing new chemistry that is also ensuring a more productive proppant pack for operators drilling in shale oil, shale gas, and conventional plays.