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Fracturing for Unconventional Oil and Gas

Nitrogen-assisted fracturing treatments

Nitrogen gas fracking is used for water-sensitive and brittle shale formations because it prevents clay swelling that would otherwise be caused by water-based treatments. Therefore, nitrogen gas treatments produce the best results in brittle shale formations that have natural fractures and stay self-propped once pressure pumping is completed. Due to the low density of gaseous nitrogen, the main applications for nitrogen gas treatments are unconventional formations such as coal bed methane, tight sands, and shale formations.
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Operational Advantages of Nitrogen Fracturing Fluids

  • Enables rapid cleanup of flowback fluid
  • Enhances production in low-permeability and low porosity formations
  • Beneficial for shallow formations
  • Beneficial in depleted gas reservoirs due to energizing properties
  • Excellent alternative to slickwater in water-restricted areas
  • Reduces water requirements and chemical additives use

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Economics and Applicability of Nitrogen for Fracking

“In certain shale plays, nitrogen-assisted treatments have offered superior performance when measured as the estimated ultimate recovery (EUR) of oil or gas compared to slick water treatments. This measure means that the cost of nitrogen-assisted treatments is lowered on a normalized production basis.”

Nitrogen supply where and when you need it

  • Strategically located industrial gas production facilities
  • Extensive fleet of tankers and portable storage units
  • Dedicated customer service team available 24/7
  • World-class logistics team to ensure a reliable gas supply
  • Frac coordinator for supply management

National Coverage and Responsive Service for Unconventional Oil and Gas Well Completions

Fast, flexible supply to meet high-volume demand.

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Gas Supply Options

Air Products gases, typically provided in gaseous and liquid form, enable customers in a wide range of industries to improve their environmental performance, product quality, and productivity.


Useful as a gas, for its inert properties, and as a liquid for cooling and freezing. Virtually any industry can benefit from its unique properties to improve yields, optimize performance and make operations safer.



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