Frac Fluid Temperature Control Case Study

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Aggreko has developed an innovative solution for Frac Fluid Temperature Control using an inline immersion heat exchange system.

Challenge:

  • In winter conditions, with an ambient air temperature of – 35˚ C, Aggreko was challenged to heat a 3,000 cubic meter above-ground pool and lift and maintain the temperature of water to be used in the hydraulic fracturing of rock.

Objective:

  • To lift and maintain the river-supplied water at a target temperature and within a time frame as laid out in the job specifications.

Solution:

  • Aggreko installed, operated and supported its Immersion Heat Exchanger technology.
  • This diesel-fired system provided constant in-pool temperature control with no external circulation of the frac water. An in-pool circulation system promoted good temperature mixing through-out the entire 3,000 m3 of frac water.
  • Water was heated from – 1˚ C to the customer’s specified target temperature, within the target time frame.
  • Once the target temperature is reached, the system is designed to maintain that temperature for as long as is required.

Result:

  • The system proved reliable, and delivered the temperature lift within the time frame specified by the client.
  • The concern for getting off site heaters due to scheduling delays was eliminated, as the Aggreko system simply maintained a constant temperature until the water was pumped down-hole.
  • The system ran on diesel fuel, but propane and natural gas were also options.
  • Aggreko provided tech support 24/7 and operations support as required.
  • The client found the system to be cost-effective in terms of rental rates, labour and fuel consumption.

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