Advantages of Proppants


Expertly manufactured and engineered, high-quality proppant is made from superior quality bauxite raw material and includes properties such as high pressure resistance, high conductivity, and low acid solubility. It increases the oil and gas output by 30-50 percent and also extends the well’s service life. Sand, on the other hand, crushes easily and at a faster rate than ceramic proppants. Research shows that the beads can penetrate farther into the rock and hold up better under pressure, increasing the productivity of wells. It has been shown that ceramic proppant can increase initial production and ultimate recovery rates by more than 20 percent. Research and realworld, on-the-field experience shows that ceramic proppants provide more consistent and higher production rate because of its high strength and uniform size and shape regardless of the condition of the reservoir.


1) Optimize conductivity in any application or setting.
2) Increase the productivity of the well.
3) Extend a well’s life and length of service.
4) Results in huge economic benefits long-term.

Ceramic proppant represent a more cost-effective alternative that is attracting a lot of interest by energy companies that are interested in maximizing profitability of their wells. Smart fracking operators and service companies are finding that ceramic proppants work better. They are much better at keeping the fractures open and the additional cost is more than offset by increased revenues from more productive wells.

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Companies can expect 20 to 30 percent more oil from the well for years (versus natural sand). Natural sand breaks down and can actually clog the fracture fissures, particularly at a point when a well is taken from flowing to pumping status. At that point, sand undergoes a catastrophic collapse. On the other hand, ceramic beads forced into fissures that are only 1/16 -to 1/8-inch wide don’t collapse, and in some cases, allow wells to flow for a longer time before they have to be put on a pump.

Monte Besler, FRACN8R Consulting

As more and more drilling rigs are moved into North Dakota, demand for ceramic proppants has grown faster than the sector at large. Total North American proppants demand has nearly quadrupled to 70 billion pounds (31.8 million metric tons) since 2009. The share of ceramics has risen from 10 to 15 percent in that period as more companies use more sophisticated multiple-stage tracking process.

Howard Weil, Energy Investment Boutique Firm

Most companies are using ceramic proppants in the Bakken shale play because sand usually crushes when pumped into deep wells.


The most common proppant for tracking is sand, but lately there has been a growing interest in engineering proppants. Engineered proppants are made of ceramic, usually derived from bauxite, and offer the advantages of uniform size and shape, as well as higher strength. The ability to narrowly control particle size maximizes porosity, and therefore the volume of natural gas extracted.

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