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Efforts to improve proppant transportation have traditionally focused on viscosifying the fluid system, but in today’s tight reservoirs, it’s more typical to use non-viscous slick water treatments. These slick water treatments can be effective, but do present some challenges, including poor proppant transportation, increased settling and duning, and less effective proppant placement. To improve proppant transportation in slick water systems, Trican began to look beyond the fluid system, turning our attention to the proppant.
Trican’s proprietary MVP Frac™ is a simple-to-apply additive that modifies ordinary proppant, making it more buoyant without increasing fluid viscosity. With MVP Frac, a gasphilic coating on the proppant attracts gaseous phases in the fluid. This gives each grain of sand the ability to travel higher and deeper into the reservoir, propping more net pay. Adding a low percentage of nitrogen to the frac fluid is the most effective way of making gas available to surround the proppant for improved transportation. With less proppant settling, greater distribution, and all the benefits of a slick water system, MVP Frac economically increases your production.