Specific Challenge

Cost-effective friction reducer

USA Region - Texas USA Region - Texas

Eagle Ford, TX

USA Region - Texas


  • Operator needed a more cost-effective friction reducer for completing new wells
  • Any new solution needed to avoid oversaturating the reservoir with excess polymers


  • Halliburton proposed a field trial with FightR EC-17, a proprietary product designed to be used in fresh water and brines with low total dissolved solids
  • The field trial resulted in better viscosity at lower treating pressures and lower chemical volumes


FightR EC-17 outperformed the incumbent friction reducer by

  • Lowering treating pressures thereby shortening stage time
  • Reducing friction reducer volumes by 5 to 10 percent
  • Saving the customer more than $125,000
  • Eliminated 165,000 gallons of hydrocarbons through the reduction of 28 transport trucks from the wellsite
  • Achieved a 15 percent decrease in treating pressure
  • Improved operator’s HSE and logistical profiles

Lower costs with a friction reducer customized for your well

A major Eagle Ford operator wanted to lower their cost by treating with a high-viscosity friction reducer in Karnes County but was concerned with oversaturating the reservoir with the excess polymer during completion activity. Halliburton proposed a new chemical that significantly reduced costs compared to the competitor’s incumbent product while avoiding any oversaturation of the reservoir.

Friction reduction chemicals are a key element in most frac jobs due to their ability to minimize friction between stimulation fluids and the wellbore and improve proppant transport.

High viscosity friction reducers (HVFR) can be used at lower doses compared to conventional options. However, HVFRs have higher polymer activity, which can accumulate and reduce the permeability of the proppant pack.

Mitigate risk with advanced friction reducer

The South Texas operator wanted to mitigate this risk but also receive improved friction reduction performance than the incumbent chemical was providing. The proposed field trial with FightR EC-17, a proprietary HVFR designed for fresh water and brines with low total dissolved solids. It was critical that any new solution did not oversaturate the reservoir with excess polymers. 

Halliburton's FightR friction reducers provide high levels of friction reduction with low water salinity characteristics (up to 25,000 parts per million of total dissolved solids.)

Onsite experts provide solutions in real-time conditions

Our technical professional spent two weeks on-site to assess the system and conduct the field trial. The evaluation included water analysis, flow loop tests, and an understanding of viscosity profiles and elasticity. Halliburton remained on-site during the trial to monitor operations and provide real-time recommendations to optimize chemical usage based on changing pressure, and adjust injection points to increase efficiency during rig-up operations.

FightR EC-17 is able to achieve better results due to its ability to hydrate and reduce pipe friction at lower-than-expected concentrations. This allowed the operator to save on chemical costs and achieve max rate faster at lower pressures.

After the successful field trial, the operator began using our HVFR exclusively on new wells in the field. The new program enabled them to complete stages at lower treating pressures while reducing friction reducer volumes by 5 to 10 percent, thus minimizing polymer exposure in the reservoir.

Since implementing the FightR EC-17 friction reducer program, the operator has completed more than 1,500 stages, translating to $125,000 in savings compared to the competitor's previous program.

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FightR® friction reducers effectively reduce friction and provide viscosity leading to efficient and successful stimulation treatments.

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