Calfrac Well Services

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 Research-and-Development

Research and Development, Operations Support, Quality Control

Calfrac’s state-of-the-art, purpose-built laboratory at the Technology and Training Centre in Calgary, Alberta is competitive with any operation of its kind in the pressure-pumping sector. This unique facility houses a wide range of highly trained engineers, chemists, and technologists who:

  • Perform research and development (R&D) to develop new technologies as well as continually improving Calfrac’s existing fracturing fluids, cement blends, and various other product line chemistries;
  • Provide support in-house and on-site to Calfrac’s field operations through testing field samples and trouble-shooting issues at the well site; and
  • Perform quality control on every lot of Calfrac chemicals before they are shipped to field operations – a unique level of attention to detail.

The laboratory at the Technology and Training Centre is an extremely well-equipped facility with state-of-the-art equipment that allows Calfrac to provide exceptional customer service. Equipment utilized daily includes: 

  • Inductively Coupled Plasma (ICP) Analyzer – Can identify up to 73 elements in a given field sample, allowing us to create a detailed fingerprint of the fluids we work with, provide quality control of product line samples and perform analysis of field samples;
  • Friction Flow Loop – Enables testing, quantifying and developing improved friction-reducing chemistries;
  • Dynamic Tube Block – Allows for the prediction, evaluation and treatment of the scale produced by the waters used for hydraulic fracturing;
  • Brookfield Rheometers – Measure and help us optimize the viscosity and break profiles of various high-viscosity fluids used in day-to-day field operations;
  • Full-scale high-pressure high-temperature (HPHT) cement lab;
  • Acid Corrosion Cells – Allow us to evaluate and tailor our acid packages to prevent corrosion; and
  • Automated instrumentation – Used for analytical evaluation of chemistries that go into our product lines.

Calfrac typically performs comprehensive R&D, testing and quality control based on our evaluation of the reservoir and downhole conditions before beginning our operations in a new area.

These unique capabilities are all part of Calfrac’s customer-centric approach. We don’t just provide materials and fluids – we offer a wide range of custom-engineered solutions to each individual challenging well completion scenario. Our never-ending goal is to deliver consistent success to our customers.

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Join The Team

Every full-time position at Calfrac offers:

  • Competitive wages;
  • Comprehensive benefits;
  • Extensive training;
  • Opportunity for advancement.

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