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KRYPTOSPHERE XT advanced, ultra-conductive, low-density ceramic proppant

 

Engineered for high closure stress wells

KRYPTOSPHERE XT advanced, ultra-conductive, low-density ceramic proppant technology significantly exceeds the conductivity, compressive strength and durability of existing low-density products.

KRYPTOSPHERE XT proppant has been designed to deliver increased crush resistance in high closure stress conditions compared to KRYPTOSPHERE LD ultra-conductive, low-density ceramic proppant technology. Additionally, KRYPTOSPHERE XT technology provides comparable and, in many cases, higher conductivity than intermediate-density and bauxite ceramics while delivering improved proppant transport and increased propped fracture volume.

Lower F&D, costs, increased recovery

The higher flow rates and larger propped volume increases recovery and return on investment, thereby lowering finding and development costs per barrel of oil equivalent.

Features

  • Precision-engineered, strong, durable, round, mono-sized and smoother proppant grains
  • Designed for lower crush compared to KRYPTOSPHERE LD in high stress conditions
  • Single-mesh-sized product manufactured to any size required to suit well conditions
  • Significantly exceeds the conductivity, compressive strength and durability of existing low-density proppant, and many intermediate- and high-density products
  • Excellent roundness, sphericity and smoothness for less erosivity
  • Extraordinary strength and durability
  • Highly acid-resistant compared to alternative ceramic proppant

Benefits

  • Creates a frac with more uniform pore throats and more space for hydrocarbon flow
  • Maintains the highest flow rates and levels of conductivity for the productive life of the frac
  • Reduces flow path tortuosity to reduce non-Darcy impacts and improve overall conductivity
  • Avoids the creation of fines that reduce conductivity
  • Significantly less erosion during pumping, minimizes wear and tear on downhole tools and pumping equipment

A step change in performance

KRYPTOSPHERE XT technology creates more space for hydrocarbon flow, which results in the highest levels of production and recovery across the entire range of low- and high-stress conditions. The significantly higher baseline conductivity compared to typical intermediate- and low-density ceramic proppant maintains the highest flow rates and extends the productive life of the frac.

Third-party field-testing comparison

Testing shows 25 Mesh KRYPTOSPHERE XT provides better conductivity than bauxite 20/40 and is even comparable to bauxite 16/30.

Kryptosphere XT conductivity

Kryptosphere XT conductivity

Stress cycling testing shows 25 Mesh KRYPTOSPHERE XT provides better conductivity than 20/40 and 16/30 bauxite field samples. Its high crush resistance withstands stress cycling to ensure that fracture conductivity, integrity and connectivity are sustained long‑term to optimize production.

Lower beta factor and pressure drop

The spherical, smooth and uniform size characteristics of KRYPTOSPHERE XT technology creates a frac with more uniform flow paths. The reduced flow path tortuosity minimizes the pressure drop due to non‑Darcy flow effects across the fracture, which further enhances overall conductivity, flow rates and ultimate recovery.

 

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