SqueezeFrac is a product and process that creates wide, highly-conductive fractures near the wellbore. A SqueezeFrac job requires 80% less water, proppant, and horsepower than a conventional hydraulic fracturing treatment resulting in significant cost savings for the oil / gas operator.

Product benefits:

  • Uses 80% less water, proppant, and horsepower compared to traditional hydraulic fracturing
  • Creates wide, highly-conductive fractures resulting from a high viscosity fluid system at time of fracture creation
  • Degradable polymer fluid breaks completely and leaves no formation residue
  • In carbonate reservoirs, dual effect of fracturing and acidizing is possible
  • Completely biodegradable fluid is environmentally-friendly and safe

Product photo (degradable polymer and proppant particles):


SqueezeFrac process requires 4 steps:

  1. Small, solid particles of degradable polymer and proppant are pumped into the wellbore with water
  2. Wait 2-6 hours for polymer to degrade to high-viscosity gel in wellbore (heat + water cause degradation)
  3. Apply pressure at surface with small pump to “squeeze” high-viscosity gel (with suspended proppant) into formation (low velocity / high pressure)
  4. Within 1-2 days polymer gel completely degrades leaving proppant in place and no residue on formation

High-level graphic of procedure:



Ideal well characteristics:

  • Mature, conventional (vertical) well
  • Bottom-hole temperature between 120-200F
  • Productive zone up to 20 ft in thickness
  • Permeability of at least ~0.1 millidarcy

Ideal well conditions:

  • Unfavorable well economics do not warrant cost of traditional hydraulic fracturing treatment
  • Well needs stimulation / workover
  • Oil / gas production likely hindered by near wellbore damage
  • Limited availability of water / horsepower or challenging surface conditions for infrastructure

Suitable formations (applicable for most formation types if permeability is greater than ~0.1 millidarcy):

  • Sandstone with proppant
  • Carbonate with / without proppant (acid fracture)

Example areas:

  • East Texas
  • South Texas
  • TX / LA Gulf Coast
  • Permian Basin (>7,000 ft depth)