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The importance of water to hydraulic fracturing operations is obvious. Yet, computing an accurate, comprehensive analysis of a given project's water-related expenses can be anything but straightforward. To properly calculate expenses, one must consider not just acquisition, but the entire water management cycle.

The water management cycle
  • sourcing and acquisition
  • transport
  • storage
  • pumping
  • treatment
  • recovery
  • recycling and reuse
  • disposal

The first section of this whitepaper clarifies that cycle, evaluating the current state of each stage of the process and giving the reader a simple computational spreadsheet to enable precise cost analyses.   

Alternative fracturing fluids and energized solutions

Once you've computed your costs, it's time to reduce them. The second section of this whitepaper explores the potential for energized CO2 and N2 systems to greatly enhance the efficacy of hydraulic fracturing projects. In addition to an initial overview, the paper includes three example case studies, each with different parameters, but all demonstrating the ability of an energized solution to quickly recoup investment costs, improve production efficiency, and dramatically reduce water use—and its attendant expenses—when compared to a traditional hydraulic fracking system. 

If you want your hydraulic fracturing operations to be as cost-efficient and/or environmentally sustainable as possible, “A Day in the Life of a Barrel of Water” is the right first step. Take it today.  

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