GASFRAC ENERGY SERVICES INC.
|GASFRAC ENERGY SERVICES INC. Patent applications|
|Patent application number||Title||Published|
|20140124208||LIQUIFIED PETROLEUM GAS FRACTURING SYSTEM - A fracturing system for a well, in which a stream of LPG, a mixture of propane and butane, is injected into the well at frac pressure. Proppant is supplied into the LPG stream, and carried by the LPG mix into the formation. Inert gas such as nitrogen is used for purging system components of LPG, and to help protect against risk of explosion. Nitrogen may also be added to the LPG mix during a frac of shale gas or coal gas formations.||05-08-2014|
|20130299167||HYBRID LPG FRAC - A fracturing method comprises: pumping a first stream of liquefied petroleum gas and gelling agent with a first frac pressure pump; pumping a second stream of lubricated proppant with a second frac pressure pump; combining the first stream and the second stream within a wellhead into a combined stream, pumping the combined stream into a hydrocarbon reservoir; and subjecting the combined stream in the hydrocarbon reservoir to fracturing pressures. A fracturing apparatus comprises: a first frac pressure pump connected to a first port of a wellhead; a second frac pressure pump connected to a second port of the wellhead; a frac fluid source connected to simply a stream of frac fluid comprising liquefied petroleum gas to the first frac pressure pump; a gel source connected to supply a gelling agent into the frac fluid; and a proppant supply source connected to supply lubricated proppant to the second frac pressure pump.||11-14-2013|
|20130299159||INERT GAS SUPPLY EQUIPMENT FOR OIL AND GAS WELL OPERATIONS - An apparatus for the supply of inert gas at a well site, the apparatus comprising one or more pressure vessels containing liquefied inert gas, a heat exchanger, one or more units of fracturing equipment connected to a manifold, a submersible pump in each of the one or more pressure vessels, each submersible pump being connected to supply liquefied inert gas to a supply line that passes through the heat exchanger and the supply line being connected to supply inert gas vaporized by the heat exchanger to the manifold.||11-14-2013|
|20130168086||PRESSURE BALANCING PROPPANT ADDITION METHOD AND APPARATUS - A method and apparatus is disclosed for controlling the flow of proppant into frac fluid during a frac. A first pressure source pressurizes fluid within a proppant addition unit. Process piping receives proppant through a proppant supply passage for supply to a frac pressure pump. A second pressure source pressurizes fluid within the process piping. A first sensor senses pressure on a first side of the proppant supply passage and outputs a first signal. A second sensor senses pressure on the process piping on a second side of the proppant supply passage and outputs a second signal. A processor receives the first signal and the second signal, and outputs a control signal to at least one of the first pressure source and the second pressure source in response to the first signal and the second signal to control proppant flow into the process piping.||07-04-2013|
|20130161016||LIQUIFIED PETROLEUM GAS FRACTURING SYSTEM - A fracturing system for a well, in which a stream of LPG, a mixture of propane and butane, is injected into the well at frac pressure. Proppant is supplied into the LPG stream, and carried by the LPG mix into the formation. Inert gas such as nitrogen is used for purging system components of LPG, and to help protect against risk of explosion. Nitrogen may also be added to the LPG mix during a frac of shale gas or coal gas formations.||06-27-2013|
|20120318514||METHODS OF TREATING A SUBTERRANEAN FORMATION CONTAINING HYDROCARBONS - A method of treating a subterranean formation containing hydrocarbons is disclosed, the method comprising: modifying the subterranean formation with a surface energy reducing agent; and injecting into the subterranean formation a fracturing fluid containing a base fluid and a gelling agent; in which the surface energy reducing agent is selected to effectively reduce the surface energy of the subterranean formation to at or below the surface tension of the gelling agent.||12-20-2012|
|20110284230||LIQUIFIED PETROLEUM GAS FRACTURING METHODS - Methods of tailoring a hydrocarbon fracturing fluid for a subterranean formation are disclosed. Fluid in the subterranean formation has a fluid temperature. A first critical temperature of a hydrocarbon fluid is adjusted to a critical temperature above the fluid temperature by adding a liquefied petroleum gas component to the hydrocarbon fluid to produce the hydrocarbon fracturing fluid. The liquefied petroleum gas component has a second critical temperature, and the hydrocarbon fluid comprises liquefied petroleum gas. A hydrocarbon fracturing fluid made by these methods are also disclosed. Methods of treating a subterranean formation are also disclosed. A hydrocarbon fracturing fluid is introduced into the subterranean formation, the hydrocarbon fracturing fluid having a critical temperature that is above a fluid temperature of the hydrocarbon fracturing fluid when the hydrocarbon fracturing fluid is in the subterranean formation. The hydrocarbon fracturing fluid is subjected to pressures above the formation pressure.||11-24-2011|
|20110143971||VOLATILE-PHOSPHORUS FREE GELLING AGENTS - A gelling agent for a hydrocarbon fracturing fluid is disclosed, comprising the general formula of: in which X is an OR||06-16-2011|
|20110105370||BREAKERS FOR GELLED FRACTURING FLUIDS - A fracturing fluid for a downhole environment is disclosed, comprising a water-sensitive gel; and a hydrated breaker. A fracturing fluid for a downhole environment is also disclosed, the fracturing fluid comprising a water-sensitive carrier and a breaker, the breaker comprising one or more hydrates, and wherein water of the one or more hydrates is releasable so as to act with the water-sensitive carrier to reduce the viscosity of the fluid. A method of treating a downhole environment with a fracturing fluid is also disclosed, the method comprising: providing to the downhole environment a fluid comprising a water-sensitive carrier and a breaker, the breaker comprising one or more hydrates; and allowing water from the one or more hydrates to release so as to act with the carrier to reduce the viscosity of the fluid.||05-05-2011|
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