Calfrac was early to embrace the unconventional natural gas revolution, progressively positioning itself in key tight sands and shale gas. As the technologies developed for unconventional gas scenarios were applied to oil reservoirs, we moved progressively to serve a number of leading unconventional light oil plays.
Calfrac has become a leading service provider in the deeper, more technical areas of western Canada, the United States, Russia and Mexico by offering innovative equipment, technology solutions and highly trained personnel to execute these difficult projects. As the requirements grew, so did we, adding better and more robust equipment to keep up with our customers’ needs and the demands of these challenging treatments. Nowadays, a typical unconventional fracturing treatment will require 10,000-50,000 horsepower on-site. Today’s unconventional jobs typically involve multiple fractures – eight to 20 on natural gas wells, and up to 40 on the longest-leg unconventional oil wells – and place hundreds of tonnes of sand proppant. Calfrac has what it takes.
We are involved in the following major unconventional plays in North America:
- Fayetteville shale, Arkansas;
- Marcellus shale, Pennsylvania;
- Bakken shale, North Dakota;
- Tight sands in the U.S. Rocky Mountains region, chiefly the DJ Basin, Piceance Basin and Uintah Basin;
- Niobrara oil shale in the U.S. Rocky Mountains region;
- Bakken, Cardium and Viking light oil plays in Saskatchewan, Alberta and North Dakota;
- Montney shale/siltstones/tight sands in northeast British Columbia and northwest Alberta;
- Deep Basin tight sands, Alberta; and
- Horn River shale gas play (Muskwa Formation and other horizons), northeast British Columbia.
To view a map of our current activity areas, please click here.
Hydraulic fracturing, as an oilfield service category, has been a major contributor to the unconventional natural gas and oil revolution – and has grown along with it. Horizontal wells as a percentage of total wells completed in North America have been rising steadily and, in the United States, rigs drilling horizontal wells have recently outnumbered rigs drilling vertically. Nearly all horizontal wells and most unconventional vertical wells require fracturing.
Similarly, the industry’s capital spending on well completions as a percentage of total spending on new oil and natural gas well drilling and development has increased. While these unconventional wells typically cost more to drill and complete, their productivity is also correspondingly higher. Horizontal drilling increases the proportion of wellbore that lies within the targeted reservoir or pay zone. Multi-stage fractures enable these wells to be highly productive. As a result, the overall economics of unconventional natural gas and oil plays are proving to be strong at current commodity prices. Calfrac is a proud contributor to the exploration and production sector’s success.