Make the switch to more sustainable fracturing operations

Lower required pumping pressures and maximizing proppant transport while reducing freshwater requirements. Transition™ brine-tolerant High Viscosity Friction Reducers (HVFRs) enable you to use extreme saline produce water and make the switch to more sustainable and efficient operations.

Reduce freshwater consumption and carbon emissions

Sourcing freshwater to sustain your fracturing operations doesn’t just throw up logistical challenges – costing your operation significant time and money – it also negatively impacts the sustainability and environmental profile of your operations.

By reusing onsite produced water and reducing pumping pressures, you can cut carbon emissions from your operations – making a positive impact towards your Environmental & Sustainability Goals (ESG).

High freshwater consumption by fracturing operations creates logistical, cost and environmental challenges for operators.

Case History

Transition brine-tolerant HFVR reduced freshwater consumption and costs transforming the sustainability and productivity for a Permian Operator.


50% increase in anticipated frac well production. Costs and environmental impact reduced.

Transition brine-tolerant HVFRs enable salty produced water use in frac operations at 150 bbls/m pump rate while maintaining >10 cP viscosity.

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Maximize reservoir contact.
Minimize environmental impact.

Another industry-leading innovation from our fluids experts – Transition brine-tolerant high viscosity friction reducers have been specifically engineered to solve these challenges while protecting your Estimated Ultimate Recovery.

By reducing required pumping pressures and maximizing proppant carrying capacity, Transition HVFRs builds viscosity and viscoelasticity to allow for more efficient transport and placement of proppant across the entire length of the created fracture. While the narrow molecular weight distribution allows for a far more efficient clean-up of the proppant pack.

The science behind advancements in friction reducers with an ESG focus 

Learn about the laboratory development work led by Zoraida Vázquez in the paper she co-authored and presented at AADE Fluids Technical Conference.

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Specialized chemistry increases sustainability of traditional hydraulic fracturing

Read the Hart E&P article on Newpark brine-tolerant stimulation fluids allow the utilization of saltier fracking water without operational or environmental problems.

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The main advantages of Transition HVFRs

  • Maintains frictional pumping pressures in concentrations as low as 0.25 gpt.
  • Builds viscosity in high TDS brines
  • Compatible with produced water brines with high hardness
  • Iron tolerant up to 100 ppm Ferric
  • Exhibits viscoelastic fluid behavior with G’ > G”
  • Capable of transporting either high concentrations of proppant or large size proppant
  • Can tolerate extreme shear when pumping at up to 150 bbls/min

Transition HVFRs application data

Number of stages fractured > 430
Max brine TDS > 250,000 ppm
Max brine divalent ion concentration > 15,000 ppm
Average viscosity (@ 2.0 gpt) 14 cps
Max loading of 40/70 proppant 4.0 ppg
Regain conductivity through proppant pack 94% 100 mesh

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