Category Archives: Oil and Gas Industry, Oilfield Products

Preserving Oilfield Products Amid Rising Steel Costs

Though recent U.S. tariffs on steel have raised oil and gas industry concerns, technological advancements for oilfield products still persist. In fact, it seems most apparent that during challenging times, technology becomes more and more innovative. Industry leaders, like Essentra Pipe Protection Technologies, remain diligent at finding new ways to advance industry standards. These days, oil and gas companies alone import approximately three-quarters of the steel used in oilfield products. As such, there is now a new demand for innovative solutions since the pricing for steel continues to fluctuate.

“The headline for July for the oil and gas industry discusses ‘Impact of the Steel Tariffs on Our Industry’. The recently implemented 25% tariffs on imported raw steel and steel pipe to the USA, along with quotas on steel imported from targeted countries to the USA, have definitely impacted many of our customers and could have an impact on oil and natural drilling over these next several months.” John Boben – President, Essentra Pipe Protection Technologies

Below, Essentra shares innovative ways to preserve your oilfield products, while also helping cut operational costs, and surviving the rising costs of steel.

Advantage of Digital Innovations

Producing companies have been slow to embrace the digital revolution, in part due to concerns about the privacy of information. However, the oil and gas industry is gradually implementing paperless methods of data collection and storage. Furthermore, they’re embracing technology that instantly connects the workforce, customers, and all members of the supply chain.

Companies are finding that the investment in innovative digital technology pays off in the long run by increasing efficiency exponentially. Industry experts predict that future innovations will lead to greater and more secure opportunities for collaboration throughout the industry. At the same time, digital innovations have also been found to help cut the overall cost of operations.

Continue Investing in Protective Products

Another major way of preserving oilfield products is to continue relying on advanced developments in pipe protection. To mitigate rising steel prices, the life of oil country tubular goods (OCTGs) can be maximized with high-quality protection. Protective products like packaging frames, drill pipe protectors, pipe caps and plugs, bumper rings, and many more, all maintain pipe integrity.

Essentra’s products are designed to ultimately protect pipes from damage during transportation and storage. We manufacture all our protective drilling and pipeline products from high-performance thermoplastics, metals, and polymer alloys. These materials prevent any caustic fluid from contaminating company pipes, while also eliminating contact between the pipe. When your pipe isn’t cracked, stressed, or displaying other types of damage, you won’t spend more for repairs or new steel replacements.

Hold On Until Relief Comes

Though the industry’s heavy reliance on steel remains a reality, companies continue to push technology forward. Various oil and gas industry experts are working diligently to explore new ways to utilize other raw materials that may not require steel. Until then, Essentra, and companies alike, will maintain operations and preserve current resources and technology to their maximum capabilities. It’s still uncertain if or when steel-exporting countries will concede so that relief can take place; yet, we remain watchful and hopeful.

Our ultimate industry goal is to continue increasing efficiency while keeping costs down. However, the key to long-term survival is innovation, and there is no doubt that oil and gas companies are up to the challenge of modernizing their operations when necessary. With gradual advancements in technology, material design, and hardware, companies can continue to extract resources and deliver products safely, more efficiently, and with less wear and tear on oilfield products.

Get to know Essentra today by calling to speak with one of our service experts at 1-877-276-9208. You can also freely request a quote online as an added convenience.

Consider Sucker Rod Caps and Plugs for Drilling Basins

Drilling Basin Protection Begins with Caps and Plugs

Did you know the Permian Basin in West Texas is one of the world’s leading sites for oil and gas production? As such, it has one of the deepest deposits of shale anywhere in the world. Sedimentary basins like the Permian basins are rich in compressed organic material that is converted into oil and gas over thousands of years. To extract those valuable natural resources from the ground, deep holes are drilled, and pumps are used to pull materials to the surface. If your company is a producer, you understand that these pumps rely on a special type of pipe known as a sucker rod. Sucker rods, in turn, depend on caps and plugs for protection.

Protecting Vulnerable Threads

Sucker rods are threaded at each end because they are designed to connect your aboveground pump to the downhole pump at a drilling basin. Typically, you can join many sucker rods together to reach the bottom of the well. Thus, the threaded ends of your pipe are an essential component of safety, security, and operational success. If pipe threads are worn down due to friction or corrosion, they may not form a proper seal, causing materials to potentially leak out. In order to protect these pipes during storage, sucker rod caps and plugs can be fitted on to pipe ends.

Dangers of Unprotected Shipping and Storage

When sucker rod pipes are not in use at a well site, they must be stored for later use. However, it is vital that Essentra Pipe Protection Technologies’ caps and plugs are also applied to maintain the rods’ integrity. These thin rods face harsh conditions during transportation and storage. Though they’re made of strengthened carbon steel, they can still be damaged from contact with other heavy pipes or from contamination by caustic liquids. Caps and plugs that fit securely over pipe ends, or that is inserted into pipe ends, serve two purposes:

1. They ensure that the most vulnerable parts of the pipe are protected from collision with other oilfield equipment.

2. They keep dirt and/or moisture that could cause threads to wear down more quickly from getting inside the rods.

The Best Pipe Protection Products

Due to recent increased Permian Basin activity in Texas, many oil and gas companies are seeking the best pipe protection products for their drill pipe and sucker rods. At Essentra, we provide only the highest-quality protectors for pipe ends and pipe threads. And as an industry leader, we ensure our products are easy to use and come with a guarantee that your equipment will remain intact during storage and shipping. Learn more about our sucker rod protection and other pipe protection products today.

Get connected with one of our customer service experts at 1-877-276-9208. You can also request a quote online as an added convenience. At Essentra Pipe Protection Technologies, we’re happy to serve you.

A Brief History of Oil Drilling in the US

The history of oil extraction, drilling, and drill pipe technology in the US is just 160 years old. In the 1850’s, the first official oil company known to merge in the US was the Pennsylvania Rock Oil Company. Just a few years later, the company reorganized into Seneca Oil and was established as a petroleum exploratory company. With the desire to discover the various uses for “rock” or “coal oil”, investors began hiring engineers and scientists to find ways to obtain and test it.

The Birth of Drill Pipe Technology

One such oil worker and former railroad-man named Edwin Drake built the first official US drilling system that brought about ground-breaking results. Drake’s major crude discovery occurred in Oil Creek, Pennsylvania near Titusville in 1859. Back then, the celebrated and newfound crude oil was used primarily to make kerosene for lasting illumination. They also found other ways to use petroleum products and dramatically improve the lives of early American settlers.

To drill this pioneering oil well down 69.5 feet, Drake utilized a steam engine and a cable-tool drilling rig. However, these drilling technologies weren’t Drake’s only innovative contributions to the blossoming oil industry. He also developed the drive pipe and a method for driving drill pipe down the wellbore to protect its integrity. Ultimately, his methods revolutionized a then-nascent drilling industry, and the US boom began.

Early Industry Growth

As drilling and drill pipe technology advanced and oil became more readily available, Americans found more innovative uses for oil and more progressive ways to drill for it. New uses included lubricating various newly-invested machines, fueling machines, and sources of heat. Today, the original drilling site for Drake’s well is recognized as a National Historic Mechanical Engineering Landmark.

After Drake’s success in Oil Creek, other ventures quickly sprung up across Pennsylvania and slightly southwest-ward to other states. This region expanded down the Ohio River into Ohio and Kentucky, and through West Virginia. The amount of oil produced in this area alone placed it on the map as it quickly rose to become the US’s leading producer. That was at least until the westward expansion.

By the late 1890’s many other western states and regions began drilling commercial wells and also experiencing great success. From the first well drilled in Kansas in 1892 to another in Texas in 1894, by the early 1900’s, oil drilling rigs were being established across the country all the way out to California. Today, Texas still remains one of the nation’s leading producers of crude oil.

Modern Drilling

While Drake and his contemporaries were experimenting with technologies intended to retrieve crude oil exclusively, today’s drilling operations are far more diverse. Natural gas remains a growing industry thanks to its comparatively low cost and lower carbon emissions. With the development of technologies for removing natural gas from shale, expansion of the industry has continued for more than a century. Oil producers and industry engineers continue to find ways to preserve the environment while also utilizing clean energy.

Drill Pipe Protection

Early oil wells weren’t as efficient compared to today’s modern marvels; yet, they provided a new age of comfort and convenience for Americans. Today’s companies must contend with far more competition and far stricter environmental controls. As such, it’s essential to find ways to protect their equipment from harsh environmental conditions and accidents.

Essentra Pipe Protection Products

The use of pipe protection products such as line pipe protectors and thread protectors for oil drilling has become an industry standard. Essentra’s products allow companies to more efficiently retrieve oil and gas with less concern over equipment damage or hazardous conditions. For more than three decades, our leading API standard quality products have been helping change the way oil companies do business.

We’re also here to help you. Call Essentra Pipe Protection Technologies for orders and more information at 1-877-276-9208.

The Thriving Ocean Life Under Offshore Oil Rigs

It doesn’t seem likely that anything could survive in the ocean close to an oil rig. As it initially doesn’t appear to be a very hospitable location for ocean life. However, after taking a closer look, we quickly learn that many types of ocean creatures do thrive near and around oil rigs. In fact, these eco-friendly structures not only help ocean life survive but surprisingly thrive.

What is Life Like Under the Oil Rigs?

Many environmental organizations worry about the destruction that can occur on rigs while drilling operations and oil extractions are consistently taking place. Yet, these concerns soon subside when they realize that life always finds a way to carry on and thrive. The truth is, most of the underwater rig parts provide homes for numerous fish and other creatures. Natural corals also begin to grow on these rigs, even though it takes time for them to take root. However, once they develop, corals provide natural stability and sustainability for all types of ocean life.

Once coral and other underwater plants have started to grow, fish soon begin to live nearby and in the coral. They’re protected from larger fish and can take advantage of the plants they usually use for food and shelter that are now growing on the rigs.

As life under the rig starts to flourish, more homes are created for fish and other creatures, eventually developing a natural ecosystem and food chain. With enough time, there is a significant amount of life growing and living beneath the oil rig.

Are There Eco-Friendly Pipe and Rig Structures that Help Maintain Life?

Yes! Companies today are aware of the ocean life that develops underwater on these structures. They also strive to make pipe and rig structures as eco-friendly as possible. These structures not only preserve the natural ocean life in the area, but also help create structures that are habitable for various types of sea creatures, coral, and larger fish.

Oil rigs are built by certain standards today, and they’re designed to not release toxins or bring harmful imbalance to the ocean’s natural underwater ecosystem. They’re solid structures that, when built properly, are secure and perfect for sea creatures who need a natural habitat. Moreover, since these ocean rigs are permanent structures, sea life can also set up a permanent home. Coral, seagrasses, fish, and many other types of ocean creatures are able to use these structures to create their home and obtain safety.

How are Companies Creating Homes for Ocean Life?

Companies are constantly finding new ways to make underwater rig structures safer and more secure so that underwater habitats can remain stable and untouched, despite what’s going on above the surface. This helps to ensure that the life that has begun under the ocean rig can continue to grow as long as possible, even if the rig shuts down.

While it might not seem like an ocean rig is a great place to visit if you’re hoping to see ocean life, the reality is there’s an abundance of ocean life growing and thriving under rigs today. Essentra Pipe Protection Technologies is a reliable supplier of high-quality oilfield and pipe protection products. We work hard to ensure that our products are built to maintain natural ecosystems and that they stay preserved so that ocean life can continue to thrive under the oil rigs.

For more information on our products and services, freely call 1-877-276-9208, browse our products online, or request a quote at your convenience.

Essentra Embraces NEW Trends from the 2018 OTC Expo

The Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) is held annually during the month of May; and at Essentra Pipe Protection Technologies, we are always fortunate to join the thousands of oil and gas professionals who converge in Houston for what has become one of the largest oil and gas sector trade shows in the world. In addition to the millions of working professionals in our hometown, Houston has become an international hub for the energy sector with over 5,000 energy related firms in the greater Houston area.

This year’s conference focused in on a variety of key issues relating to the offshore energy industry- including technological advances, solutions incorporating safety and environmental concerns, and detailed summaries of regulations and economic conditions that can affect the offshore energy industry. Since the OTC ranks among the 200 largest trade shows held annually in the U.S., Essentra is excited to share some of the new trends in pipe protection innovation, collaboration, and service that we are most looking forward to providing for all our clients and customers.

Advanced Technology

Essentra team members and staff were able to test drive a computerized simulation of a manual drilling rig operation and an automatic drilling rig operation. Learning about the latest NOVOS technology from NOV (National Oilwell Varco), afforded us the opportunity to experience the number of operational steps and increased margin for error that rig operators go through when they’re performing these steps manually as opposed to using automated technology. These types of technological advancements continue to help ensure safety and quality assurance on drilling rigs. Visit NOV for more details at http://www.nov.com/NOVOS.aspx#pods.

When it comes to developing top-quality and custom pipe thread protection, Essentra will always strive to remain an API standard leader. During the OTC Expo, we were also able to discuss some of the new advancements in thread connections coming on the horizon. Essentra is especially excited to partner and collaborate with many of the key players in the pipe industry to help introduce what’s new and upcoming in the market to further provide quality protection and designs engineered with safety, durability, and reliability in mind.

Combating the Recycling Thread Protector Issue

Essentra was posed with the topic on protector recycling from other exhibitors at the conference, which is not a market we are currently in. In fact, though some of our major competitors are in the business of recycling thread protectors, Essentra is working to figure out how to combat this issue and come up with alternative solutions that avoid recycled protectors being resold for use in the field. Once again, our goal is to maintain safety and reliability of our products and equipment; this way, no producing company has to cut corners to protect their bottom line. That’s Essentra’s commitment to you!

Developing NEW Relationships

At Essentra Pipe Protection Technologies, we are dedicated to providing quality products and services. Part of what we do and how we do it involves the many complimentary businesses we work with and continue to make connections with to ensure these goals are accomplished consistently. During the OTC, we were honored to meet with various professionals and company members from around the world to discuss building potential partnerships for developing new and exciting products that could be introduced in the pipe protection market.

Connecting with Essentra

We make it easy to connect with us! For more information and insight on our company and/or our products, call us toll-free at 877-276-9208 to speak with one of our service experts. You may also request a quote online now, or browse our pipe protection products line anytime!

Fracking & Natural Gas Outlook in the US

When it comes to oil and gas industry news and information, no company keeps its customers as informed as Essentra Pipe Protection Technologies. If you’re curious about the latest information at the top of the year, this blog will help place things into perspective. As it stands, the combination of horizontal drilling and fracking has greatly increased the United States’ natural gas supply while sending prices plummeting. With a 35% increase in production since 2008, prices have dropped by more than 60%. 2015 brought some of the lowest fuel prices since 1999, and prices are expected to remain low for the foreseeable future. Read more from Essentra to learn what this all means for 2018.

Higher Production and Increased Efficiency

US gas production is expected to increase by up to two percent per year over the next several decades, and the unstoppable rise is attributed mostly to vast, low-cost resources. With more than a century of supply, the domestic natural gas supply is expected to remain robust even as prices stay low. These facts, along with the wide availability of high quality OCTGs (oil country tubular goods) offered by Essentra, have made the US shale oil and gas industry extremely efficient.

Falling Prices Lead to Greater Optimism: The Cycle Never Ends

There’s considerable optimism around US gas and oil production, and the outlook is so bright that it’s driving down yearly price projections. In simpler terms, every time the EIA’s modeling system looks into the industry’s future, it forecasts a lower price. The advantages of low-cost natural gas are valuable because they give the United States an edge over their global competitors, while leaving American families with a higher disposable income.

Another aspect of this cycle is that producing companies also reap benefits when they invest in oilfield products by Essentra, that not only provide more bang for their buck, but also help protect their bottom line. Ultimately, as consumers have more money to spend, and as companies save, they’ll bolster the entire US economy.

The Changing Role of Natural Gas in America

Because of the growth of the shale industry, the US has the world’s largest and most adaptable market in terms of exports and domestic demand. We’ve seen natural gas become a crucial component of our energy complex. For instance, natural gas is now America’s primary electricity source; it has helped cut the sector’s carbon dioxide emissions by more than 30% since 2005. Natural gas provides a backup to wind and solar power development, and it’s leading a rebirth in the American chemical industry as well. Drilling companies in the US are moving to secure their positions and make investments in OCTGs through leading companies like Essentra.

Supply and Production Exceed Demand

Despite increased usage of natural gas in a variety of sectors, the EIA expects the pace of production to double that of new demand in the next few years. It’s America’s extensive, low-cost resource base that will allow the country to export more natural gas to places all over the world without a corresponding increase in domestic pricing. In any event, exports will be balanced with higher production, which will continue to keep prices low.

From a human development and climate change standpoint, it’s almost a moral requirement to export modern fuels such as natural gas. Furthermore, most of the world’s advanced economies are turning to gas as a power source. As a result, the American natural gas industry is flourishing; demand is high, but accelerated production is meeting that demand and then some.

Essentra is Your Standard Leader

At Essentra Pipe Protection Technologies, we’re proud to do our part to ensure safe, economical natural gas production. As a company, Essentra won’t take for granted the fact that we are an API standard leader in pipe protection products; instead, we thrive on continuing to manufacture top quality products that producers can trust and rely on. Connect with us today toll-free at 877-276-9208.

Capitalize on Sucker Rod Caps and Plugs

As with other OCTGs (oil country tubular goods), the experts at Essentra Pipe Protection Technologies know that sucker rods can also become damaged during storage and transport without the handy use of sucker rod caps and plugs. These rods are often stored for quite a while between uses, and damage prevention is of paramount importance. When producers reduce waste, they save money. It makes sense to consider all options for damage prevention, and that’s where Essentra’s sucker rod caps and plugs come in.

Simple Use Lowers Labor Costs

Producers must consider labor costs when choosing oil country tubular goods, and minimizing the time needed for installation and removal is a vital step in reducing these costs. Sucker rod plugs from Essentra are built for dependability and easy use; they can be installed or removed with the simplest tools. When workers spend less time finding specialized tools, the operation is streamlined and the producer increases their bottom line.

Size and Material Options

Oil and gas production sites use rods in varying sizes, and Essentra’s components are made to fit the complete range of rods. Sizes usually range from 5/8” to 1 1/8”, and the company can provide sucker rod plugs and caps for a variety of applications. These caps use LDPE (low density polyethylene) that’s specifically designed to work with the most commonly used sucker rods. Below is a brief outline of their features and benefits.

  • Non-threaded for easy installation onto sucker rod pins
  • The hexagonal heads allow for easy removal with common oilfield tools
  • Standard sizes: 5/8”, ¾”, 7/8”, 1”, and 1 1/8”

These plugs are not only easy to use, they’re great for protecting coupling ends from the damaging effects of debris, corrosion, storage, and shipping. It’s always best to contact us first to find out about color customization and pricing, or to place an order for pipe protection products.

Leading the Industry and Protecting Producers’ Investments

We’re considered the leader in oilfield thread and pipe protectors here at Essentra, and we do not take this lightly. Our innovative, high-quality products will protect sucker rods and ensure their long-term functionality. Along with our wide selection of custom and API-certified thread protectors, Essentra’s sucker rod plugs and caps continue to meet onshore producers’ equipment protection needs.

Save Money with Pipe and Rod Protection Products

Rather than seeing sucker rod caps and plugs as an added and unnecessary expense, many oil and gas producers see them as an insurance policy against damage. The costs involved in rod thread damage can be very high, as these rods have to be discarded or repaired before further use, which can hold up production. However, when rod caps and plugs are used, the likelihood of serious thread damage is close to zero, and producers see almost no damage-related losses.

In the oil and gas industries, time is always of the essence, and producers find it easier to stick to a schedule when they’re not delayed by material damage. For specific products from Essentra Pipe Protection Technologies, request a quote now, browse our products, or call us for information on our full range of OCTG products at 877-276-9208.

Line Pipe Protection & Winter Preparation

From scorching summer sun and the hurricane season, to blinding blizzards and hard freezes, weather can bring with it a variety of problems; therefore, line pipe protection should be considered long before severe weather strikes. To avoid issues that can arise during winter months and comply with API standards, companies should take steps to protect their oil and gas pipelines from the cold, and Essentra Pipe Protection Technologies has a variety of products to help them do just that. Below are a few things that companies should consider when it comes to line pipe protection during harsh wintry weather.

Insulation

This is one of the most common line pipe protection methods. Insulation involves wrapping pipe with materials such as fiberglass, perlite, mineral wool, elastomeric foam, or cellular glass. Such materials can stand up to bitter cold, and most are used to insulate heat exchangers and other sensitive equipment. With drill pipe protectors, oilfield workers can touch pipe surfaces without injury.

Heat Tracing

Simply put, heat tracing is the use of heat to keep a pipe at a certain temperature. Most companies use electricity to keep pipes warm via thread protectors and heat cable or tape. The heat tracing technique is advantageous for several reasons. First, it facilitates uniform heat application throughout the entire length of pipe. Second, it’s highly controllable. Finally, the technique is more cost-efficient than pipe flushing methods.

Process Heating

In some cases, process heating can keep gas, water, and oil pipes from freezing during the winter. The technique is most effective on large-diameter pipe where heat tracing may not be practical. Glycol, water, and thermal oil are all common heating media which can be poured into freeze-prone piping.

Heated Enclosure

Another effective pipe protection strategy is to encase the pipe in heated enclosures. This method is especially effective when winterizing outdoor piping systems and tanks. While it’s possible to use solid fuel or electricity to keep the internal temperature above freezing, workers shouldn’t remove the surrounding snow because it provides insulation as well. Some oil and gas suppliers bury piping underground as a form of heated enclosure protection.

Draining Pipe

If the above options are inappropriate, pipe can be drained to reduce the risk of freezing and bursting. After draining, they should be insulated to prevent condensation and lubricated to prevent damage to internal parts. If a company takes such an approach, it’s important to use the correct type of lubricant.

These are just some of the ways oil and gas companies can succeed in line pipe protection during winter months, and other extreme weather conditions. For information on all our pipe protection products, and to find the products and equipment most suitable to your company’s industry needs, contact Essentra to speak with one of our customer service experts.

Call us toll free at 877-276-9208, or request a quote online. We’re your industry standard leader, and are always ready to assist you!

How Oil Rigs Make Standard Preparations for Hurricanes

Curious to know what happens with oil rigs during hurricanes? It’s common -particularly in the hurricane season- for energy firms to cease or slow down operations. Besides the safety aspect, there is also the added pressure from environmentalists who always see potential catastrophic storms as threats to coastal ecosystems. The 2010 Gulf oil spill is a constant reminder to oil rig operators of the importance of ensuring that they’re secured with appropriate pipe protection. At Essentra Pipe Protection Technologies, we provide you with both information and practical expertise to help you confront disasters with as little effort and stress as possible.

Standard Preparations

In preparation for hurricanes, and in accordance with API standards, oil and gas companies must have several contingency plans in place to prevent costly business interruptions- be it on land at oilfield sites, or at sea on oil rigs. For example:

  • Evacuation of non-essential personnel is mandatory.
  • Issuing regular warnings and updates on any impending disruptions.
  • Suspension of all drilling operations.
  • Closure of wells to avoid flooding.

Storm winds and resultant flooding can cause damage to critical infrastructure and equipment like storage facilities, pipe, terminals, electricity generation units, docks on oil rigs, and other essential infrastructure. In the event of significant sustained damage, replacements and repairs should be reserved for technical experts owing to the complexity of the job. Operations can only resume when weather assessment reports having given green light clearance.

Lessons from The Past

When the tide rises to violent heights and the sea turns into a ravaging beast, there’s no telling what could happen. During Hurricane Andrew in 1992, offshore refineries had to be shutdown. And in 2005, Hurricane Katrina resulted in the destruction of 50 offshore platforms. Whilst the long-term benefits of such disaster management initiatives were slighted by the immediate catastrophic damage, their active response to imminent disaster was instrumental to the speedy restoration of normal operations.

Oil and gas carrying pipelines are of strategic importance to any energy firm. They cost millions of dollars to set-up and maintain, as such, they should be prioritized, and protected with the best oilfield pipe protection products available.

Essentra Pipe Protection Technologies is an API standard leader; and as such, we not only provide customers with top notch products, we also endeavor keep you informed of trending topics as related to the oil and gas, and drilling industries. Contact us today for a QUOTE, or call us toll free at 888-276-9208.

5 Things About Shale Energy Everyone Should Know

The development of shale energy resources in the U.S., and the oilfield products utilized to maintain drill piping equipment, has been nothing short of revolutionary. Once overshadowed by OPEC, the U.S. is now the leading supplier of natural gas, and the third-ranked oil producer in the world. The following are some of the most important things to know about shale energy.

1- What Is Shale?

Shale is a sedimentary rock formed in layers over millions of years, and it is the most abundant of sedimentary rocks. As each layer formed over many years, it trapped and compressed organic materials and gases, transforming it into a substance called kerogen. When heated to the right temperature, kerogen releases crude oil (from 50 to 150 degrees Celsius) or natural gas (from 150 to 200 degrees Celsius).

2- What Is Fracking?

Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is the method used to extract oil and gas from shale. Fracking involves both vertical and horizontal drilling, meaning that one surface site can extract resources from multiple underground wells. Once the well is drilled, a mixture of water and sediment is blasted through small apertures in the sides of the well to create fractures in the surrounding shale, allowing the release of trapped oil and gas. Drill pipe and other oilfield products are utilized in fracking.

3- What’s the Difference Between Oil Shale and Shale Oil

These two terms look similar but they refer to very different things. Oil shale is a type of shale that contains a high percentage of kerogen that has not yet gone through the geological heating process that would eventually convert it into oil or gas. Shale oil is the product of kerogen that has been artificially heated.

4- What Is Retorting in Situ?

Retorting is the process of extracting shale oil energy by heating the kerogen while it is still in the ground (in situ). By introducing heated rods into an oil shale reserve, the kerogen can be slowly heated over one to two years until oil is released. This process eliminates the problem of having to excavate tons of rock.

5- Is Fracking Safe?

Fracking actually occurs thousands of feet beneath groundwater aquifers, so there is very little chance of contamination. In addition, to maintain environmental safety and uphold governmental policies, API industry standards exist and are consistently enforced to ensure safe drilling. High-quality OCTGs and oilfield products from Essentra Pipe Protection Technologies also play a vital role in protecting the environment.

Purchasing with Essentra, means investing in a leading brand of elite pipe protection and oilfield products. For orders, call toll free at 877-276-9208 or request a quote today!