Valve selection for optimizing shale gas operations ///

The primary changes in early shale development involved larger size and scale. Advancements in drilling technology allowed for longer laterals, and increased segmentation during the drilling and hydraulic fracturing process. This resulted in a surge in demand for new equipment. As the shale boom advanced, equipment manufacturers shifted from simply meeting immediate needs to developing technologies focused on driving overall extraction costs down, and improving economics. Valve manufacturers, armed with new field application experience, followed this trend.

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