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ecorpStim Stimulates the Eagle Ford Shale with Liquid Propane
By: PR Newswire
Jan. 8, 2013 10:07 PM
HOUSTON, Jan. 9, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- eCORP Stimulation Technologies, LLC ("ecorpStim"), a wholly owned subsidiary of eCORP International, LLC ("eCORP"), announced today the successful field demonstration during which it safely stimulated the Eagle Ford Shale at 5950 feet with a fluid other than water. This field demonstration is part of ecorpStim's ongoing efforts to advance the development of shale gas in a sustainable manner and with minimal environmental impact.
The test completed in late December was conducted in Frio County, Texas, southwest of Pearsall, Texas. The only fluid used to initiate the Eagle Ford stimulation was pure liquid propane. The test differed from past water or propane gel stimulations because no chemicals or additives of any kind were used. Propane is the same fuel which is used by the general public for cooking, heating and for other home uses.
eCORP's Vice President of International Operations, Dr. Johnny Kopecky, commented, "This represents ecorpStim's first step in demonstrating that there are non-aqueous alternatives to stimulating a shale reservoir. By utilizing propane, a fluid that originates in oil and gas reservoirs, we are minimizing damage in the reservoir while eliminating the need for any water usage and handling of water waste streams."
The field demonstration also included a range of monitoring and data acquisition techniques to provide a comprehensive evaluation of the trial. These additional methods included use of an observation well for downhole microseismic, a specialized "pocket" in the tubing string of the treated well to obtain downhole pressures and temperatures during treatment, and environmental sampling of the air and noise.
Dr. John Thrash, eCORP's CEO and Chairman, stated, "We are extremely pleased with what we have confirmed with this procedure. We believe there is a certain path for sustainable shale gas development and this demonstration proves a viable "green" alternative exists for stimulating shale. We intend to extend this design philosophy and demonstrate that a total reduced impact can be achieved through other innovations in drilling and exploration technologies we are developing at eCORP."
About eCORP International, LLC – Founded in 1978, eCORP and its predecessor companies have extensive oil and gas experience including underground natural gas storage, natural gas transportation, enhanced oil recovery in conventional reservoirs using propane and butane, exploration for and production of conventional and unconventional (shale) reservoirs, electric power generation and marketing of electricity and gas. The company was an early mover in the Marcellus play in Pennsylvania and New York, USA and recognized its potential while developing its highly acclaimed Stagecoach Storage project in New York. The company has acquired a multi-million prospective acreage position internationally. The company's highly experienced management team expects to apply its broad background in hydrocarbon based development in deploying its field services fleet and related technologies in Europe, and globally, to develop its own portfolio, as well as selling its services to third parties as a standalone business unit. Stimulating with pure liquid propane with low-density proppants provides an excellent vehicle for the company to introduce an environmentally sensitive technology to allay concerns about excessive usage of fresh water and potential aquifer contamination as the process uses no water and propane is a gas at ambient pressure and temperature.
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