ChemTerra’s PropDrift™

November 5, 2018

Are you having sand transportation issues in your ultra long laterals? ChemTerra’s PropDrift™ technology could be the answer.

PropDrift is a field proven technology that has been chosen for more than 515 wells, representing more than 700 million lbs of sand and over 8,500 frac stages so far.

COREsurf Surfactant Results in the Eagle Ford!

October 26, 2018

The COREsurf surfactant line is performing well in Eagle Ford oil testing! We’ve been so focused on the Montney (Canadian) and Permian (US) studies in our R&D Center for the last 6 months, but finally have had the chance to take a look at Eagle Ford crude oil samples. Our CoreSurf-6 (Economical premium oil recovery surfactant) and TNE-1 (Non-emulsifier) have shown excellent performance in early tests including demulsification and interfacial tension reduction. Next step? Testing with the core and cuttings! Stay tuned for results…

Welcome to the team!

October 26, 2018

ChemTerra Innovation would like to welcome Tiffany Ley Greenwood to its growing team. Based in Houston, Tiffany joins us as our Technical Account Manager and brings with her 12 years of industry experience, chiefly in Completions. She attended Louisiana State University as well as St. Edwards University, from which she graduated with a degree in Business (Magna Cum Laude). In addition to being a past member of the SPE and AAPG, Tiffany is a current member of the Fort Bend Junior Service League and is a co-founder of the Houston chapter of the 100 Women who Give a Damn charity. Welcome to the team Tiffany!

In Basin Sand Boom

June 29, 2018

Are you using local Texas sand? You aren’t alone! The shale boom has put massive pressure on sand supply for fracturing treatments. Rail bottlenecks experienced when shipping the typical Northern White sand from Wisconsin to Texas has led operators to explore using local “in-basin” sand sources now more than ever. It is estimated that as much as 50% of the sand used for fracturing in West Texas will be sourced locally next year as opposed to railing sand across the continent.

ChemTerra has developed cost effective chemical solutions to both upgrade the crush and conductivity of frac sand and to significantly reduce the dust. These coatings can easily be added to the sand at mine sites or local transload facilities. Visit our website for more information on UpSil.

Did you know? Not all polymers cause formation damage.

June 22, 2018

A common misperception is that all the polymers used in well stimulation will lead to formation damage. There is countless data showing that guar and guar derivatives degrade to insoluble and permeability blocking residue. As the industry shifts almost exclusively to using polymers based on polyacrylamide and related copolymers, the concern of formation damage returns, especially when concentrations are elevated substantially to build viscosity with HVFR’s. Fortunately, lab testing shows that some of these polymers are notably cleaner than guar polymers and can yield closer to 100% regained permeability (Sometimes even higher than 100%), especially with the use of breakers.
Contact us for more info about our new high viscosity friction reducer, TerraVis-4.

Exploding Gummy Bears!

June 14, 2018

It’s not all work at the ChemTerra Lab, our chemists like to have fun on occasion!  We’ve ran this experiment for school tours in the past, it was always our favorite (Maybe because you get to eat gummy bears after…)

How long does CleanTrack last? See for yourself!

June 7, 2018

CleanTRACK™ is a longterm road dust suppression technology that will control dust and promote water drainage. How long does it last? See for yourself in this video showing the results 7 months after it was applied on a county road for a farmer. The update video was taken in the spring after a typically harsh Southern Alberta winter.

Results are in! – Amott Cell Testing for Wolfcamp

May 28, 2018

We’re excited about our promising oil recovery results with Wolfcamp crude and core using our CoreSurf line of surfactants.   The Chemterra R&D team has recently switched focus away from the extensively studied Canadian shale plays to studying the effect of our surfactant line in the prolific US shales such as those in the Permian.   Recently we’ve discovered our CoreSurf-6 is yielding very encouraging results with Permian core and fluids as shown in our most recent oil recovery tests on Wolfcamp samples.  We’re excited to further demonstrate enhanced performance at a great price point as we continue to study more samples from the Midland and Delaware Basins with more types of testing.

Visual of Surfactant Performance in Simulated Wellbore Conditions

May 17, 2018

The right stimulation surfactant can deliver greater well performance, and surfactant performance should be evaluated under simulated wellbore conditions. The Amott Cell Spontaneous Imbibition test achieves this by measuring the oil displacement of crude oil through water imbibition. See the video below for a demonstration of Amott Cell testing. (HINT – See the end of the video for what happens when no surfactant is used.)

ChemTerra’s Pandas are Here!

May 7, 2018

Did you know the Calgary Zoo isn’t the only place in Calgary with Pandas? ChemTerra Innovation is also home to a special breed of Pandas with unique abilities.  With the addition of our new Panda cams, we can now supervise our lab tests remotely when our team of scientists cannot be there in person.  ChemTerra’s lab testing often requires round-the-clock monitoring to ensure accurate test results and our team of Panda cams can both record the test and provide a live stream so the rest of the team can monitor results while performing other tests. Column drainage, Amott cell/imbibition, and scale dissolution testing are among some of their favorite tests to watch.  Welcome to the ChemTerra family Pandas!