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Fracing isn't just one process. It is a combination of multiple techniques developed over years of trial and error coupled with constantly evolving technologies.

Hydraulic Fracturing Process

The components of fracing

Our fleet is large enough to move efficiently through multi-stage slick-water horizontals and small enough to pump single-stage, low-pressure, low-rate acid jobs. We are the largest nitrogen pumper east of the Mississippi and are proficient in straight nitrogen, foam fracs, foamed acid fracs, and pipeline purges. Given the long history of effective fracing with linear gel and crosslinks in the Appalachian and Illinois Basins, our people are among the best in the business when it comes to delivering the consistent quality and viscosities these kinds of jobs require.

Slick Water
Slick Water Fracing

Slick water fracs use low viscosity water based fracturing fluids and higher pumping rates to carry and place proppant into newly created formation fractures. A friction reducing additive, which can be a water-soluble polymer or a crushed food grade bean extract, is used to slicken the water to reduce pumping pressures. Slick water jobs are universal to Reliance's horizontal jobs.

Nitrogen
Nitrogen (N2) Fracs

N2 fracs are most often done on coalbeds, low-pressure shales, and water-sensitive sand or shales. Reliance routinely pumps jobs in the 100,000 scf/min range with volumes of N2 gas running into the millions.

Foam
Foam Fracs

Reliance fracs well over fifty foam treatments a year, typically in gas storage wells and in rock formations that are low pressure and/or water sensitive, that require a proppant. Slick water and N2 are pumped together in designated percentages expressed as a quality or percentage of N2 in the frac fluid. Reliance is extremely proud of its ability to do complicated jobs day-in-and-day-out without issue. It's largest customer, a public gas transmission company, recently named Reliance its top services-related vendor.

Cross-Link
Cross Linked Fracs

Cross linked fracs are an extension of linear guar fracture treatments. Hydrated bean extract (guar) is mixed with a borate based cross-linker that is sheared into enormous viscosities that can carry heavy sand concentrations at low rates, minimizing the risk of screen-outs. Intensive quality control and maintaining a pH neutral balance is mandatory in cross-links and is another treatment discipline common to Reliance.

Acidization
Acid and Foamed Acid Jobs

Traditional acid treatments are pumped into carbonates or heavily carbonated sands and conglomerates to etch fractures for oil and gas to navigate to the well bore. The base elements of carbonates neutralize low pH acid on contact. Foamed acid is used when water-sensitive sands/shale are anticipated. Extraordinary measures of safety, the proper equipment, and experienced hands are required for these types of jobs. Though routine to Reliance, any acid or foamed acid job is treated with caution and a deference to HSE protocols.

Responsible Fracing

Thoroughness from the start

Our fleet is large enough to move efficiently through multi-stage slick-water horizontals and small enough to pump single-stage, low-pressure, low-rate acid jobs.  We are the largest nitrogen pumper east of the Mississippi and are proficient in straight nitrogen, foam fracs, foamed acid fracs, and pipeline purges.  Given the long history of effective fracing with linear gel and crosslinks in the Appalachian and Illinois Basins, our people are among the best in the business when it comes to delivering the consistent quality and viscosities these kinds of jobs require.