The oilfield technology group (OTG) of Momentive
Specialty Chemicals has started up a new manufacturing plant in
Batesville, Ark., to provide additional resin coated proppants
to fracturing service companies and operators in the oil and
We continue to add needed capacity to satisfy
our customers demand for specialty proppants for the
growing horizontal fracturing market, said Jerry Borges,
vice president of the group.
The addition of this facility to our current
manufacturing grid will enable us to ensure an ongoing and
secure supply of specialty proppants for the industry, he
The Batesville plant is the second addition to the
OTG manufacturing grid in 2011.
The business expanded its plant in Cleburne, Texas,
earlier this year and has incremental expansions in process at other facilities.
It now operates a total of six manufacturing plants
with multiple production lines and fourteen transload facilities serving the US and
The new Batesville facility will manufacture
OTGs newest addition to its product line, called Black Pro proppant, which offers next-generation
resin bonding technology.
We continue to develop new products to
address the shale exploration requirements in North
America, Borges said.
Black Pro proppant is another addition to our
line of curable products that provides flowback control for our
customers in the numerous frac treatments in the horizontal
sections. The benefits of curable resin coated proppants have
helped our customers maintain clean wellbores when producing
these prolific wells, Borges noted.
Black Pro proppant improves proppant pack
integrity, even under the harshest cyclic stress conditions
common in today's shale wells.
This proppant also provides enhanced proppant
embedment resistance under cyclic stress, maintaining higher
pack permeability and fracture width compared to traditional
curable resin coated proppants, the company said.
Their quicker bond strength development allows for
faster post-treatment flowback at higher drawdowns than other
Resin-coated proppants are used in the hydraulic
fracturing process to help optimize production from oil and gas
wells by maximizing fracture flow capacity from the reservoir
to the wellbore.
Technological innovations and Momentives
introduction of enhanced materials have expanded the use of
resin coated proppants into unconventional reservoirs that
feature complex and challenging geological formations.