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HiBrine™-XL High TDS-Based Fracturing Fluid

A breakthrough system that produces a robust, high-viscosity frac fluid in high TDS waters.

HiBrine™-XL High TDS-Based Fracturing Fluid Iron-rich HiBrine™-XL fluid forms a viscoelastic fluid for efficient proppant transport

Introducing the crosslinked frac fluid that turns produced water into a resource—not an expense. 

The process for recovering oil and gas from ultra-low permeable shales is expensive. Produced and fresh water costs, along with those for the transport and disposal of recovered water in saltwater disposal wells, are daunting. Using produced or high TDS water in fracturing fluid has been limited due to water-chemical incompatibilities. And the high cost of brine- tolerant chemicals and concern for fracture damage has only added to the challenges at hand. 

Understanding the challenges that many of our clients face, Innospec Oilfield Services (IOS) has developed HiBrine™ XL—a fracturing fluid specifically designed to use high TDS and flowback waters.

Utilizing a proprietary blend of crosslinkers, the HiBrine XL fluid is optimized for near neutral pH environments, and easily degrades. And because this system can be mixed in produced waters, water reuse slashes your disposal cost. Furthermore, the amount of fresh water needed to conduct your frac treatment can now be eliminated. In addition, the cost of this versatile fluid system stays low because it’s based on 35/40 grade guar gum, a treatment that easily hydrates in all waters—and bests more expensive derivatized polymers.

Product Advantages:

  • Uses 100% untreated Produced Water
  • Robust performance up to 250 °F
  • Stable in over 250,000 ppm TDS
  • Uses 35/40 guar
  • Crosslinking at near-neutral pH
  • High tolerance to iron, magnesium and boron
  • Shear thinning, but non-shear degrading
  • High viscosity for fracture geometry development
  • Good elasticity for efficient proppant transport
  • Minimizes waste water disposal cost

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