HSE & Operational Excellence

Shale oil and condensate challenges require innovative HSE solutions

If not properly controlled, shale condensates (liquids found in shale gas) can release harmful compounds called VOCs (volatile organic compounds) during evaporation. VOCs are a key ingredient in the production of smog and ozone. In the case of shale oil, the fact that this oil cannot be pumped directly from the ground but must instead be mined and processed via surface or underground mining also poses health, safety, and environmental (HSE) challenges, primarily air and water contamination.

At Halliburton, our goal is to not only exceed the expectations of our customers, but do it without compromising the safety of all parties involved: customers, employees, contractors, environment and the communities in which we live and work

Never satisfied with the status quo, Halliburton's HSE and Operational Excellence group drives continuous improvements in HSE and service quality through a relentless focus on efficiency. These improvements not only serve as industry benchmarks, they also provide exceptional levels of protection, promote safer working environments and ensure service delivery excellence.

HSE leadership and accountability are instilled across all levels of our organization

Strict process adherence and constant monitoring of service delivery metrics pay dividends in fewer equipment failures, less NPT, increased production, and a multitude or other efficiencies at every stage of development and production.

Long known as the service industry's HSE leader, Halliburton takes a rigorous approach to unconventional resource operations

Halliburton provides products and services that have minimal environmental impact, are safe in their intended use, consume resources efficiently, and can be recycled, re-used or disposed of safely. We have always embraced the job of ensuring that all our technologies meet the highest safety and environmental standards. Examples include:

  • In 2005, Halliburton was the first in the industry to introduce diesel-free liquid gel concentrates into its suite of well stimulation fluid systems.
  • In 2008, Halliburton introduced a new fracturing fluid system that can utilize a variety of produced water, thereby minimizing water sourcing and disposal issues for the operator.
  • Halliburton recently patented a high-intensity ultraviolet light process to control bacteria growth in fracturing fluids, which greatly reduces the need for conventional bactericides.
  • Providing an extra margin of safety to people, animals and the environment, in 2010 Halliburton introduced CleanStim™ fracturing fluid, the world’s first hydraulic fracturing fluid made from ingredients sourced from the food industry.
  • Halliburton cement blends, casing equipment, swellable technologies and zonal isolation techniques help effectively seal off the wellbore from the formation and protect drinking water from the fluids used in the well.
  • Halliburton is also at the forefront of timely, cost-efficient regulatory compliance. Whatever the requirements, we have the experience to deal with them and in a manner that limits expense and downtime.