Frac of the Future

Frac of the Future

To keep up with technology in the oil and gas industry, Halliburton, one of the largest oil field services companies, said they are working on what they call “Frac of the Future.”
To keep up with technology in the oil and gas industry, Halliburton, one of the largest oil field services companies, said they are working on what they call “Frac of the Future.”

The idea is to reduce the impact drilling operations have on the land and on the people. Current operations involve noise, sand trucks, water and all sorts of equipment going in and out of location.

“There is lots of trucks that go into play at that point so there is traffic associated with the drilling and cementing operations, logging operations,” said Dean Prather, the Permian Basin technology manager for Halliburton.

That’s why the company decided to look to the future.

“We're working toward the Frac of the Future concept,” Prather said. “Frac of the Future allows us with the proprietary pumps to have less pumps on location.”

But it’s not just the pumps, Halliburton will focus on all kinds of equipment used during hydraulic fracturing operations.

“Sand bins out there that are geared to handle larger quantities of sand so that your trucks can come and go in a more timely manner,” Prather said.

Their Frac of the Future is also likely to impact the employees. Prather said in the future they also look to reduce the number of people on location.

“The process of that also requires less people going to and from location at that time,” he said.

In the Permian Basin, Prather said he does not expect to see a bust anytime soon. And as long as the price of oil is up, Frac of the Future might not be so far away, he said.

“I think there is going to be more of an increase I don't know how much for sure, a lot of that will depend on the price of oil,” Prather said.

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