Linde North America has joined forces with Nissan Chemical America Corporation (NCA) to explore synergistic combinations to enhance downhole performance with nanoActiv® HRT (Hydrocarbon Recovery Technology) combined with carbon dioxide (CO2) or nitrogen (N2).

Linde North America’s Chemistry & Energy Programme Manager, Robin Watts, said the company is excited to collaborate with NCA, adding, “Initial results from field applications show nanoActiv® HRT particles with CO2 or N2 produces significantly improved hydrocarbon recovery. We look forward to further this collaboration to optimize this approach.”

“This technology enables the recovery technology to be completed faster, more completely, and with longer efficacy than any fluid technology in the market today.”

David L Holcomb, PhD., President, Pentagon Technical Services Inc. and consultant with NCA

nanoActiv® HRT enables the recovery of hydrocarbons primarily through the processes of Brownian motion, diffusion-driven disjoining pressure, and fragmentation—all combined in one mechanical sweeping effort.

“This technology enables the recovery technology to be completed faster, more completely, and with longer efficacy than any fluid technology in the market today, “explains David L Holcomb, PhD., President, Pentagon Technical Services Inc., consultant with NCA, and a 40-year oil and gas industry veteran, “With the additional use of CO2 or N2 with nanoActiv® HRT as a treatment, we can see the sustained improvement in recovery.”

The use of CO2 or N2 in hydraulic fracturing allows for maximum surface area to increase the flow of hydrocarbons and delivers flexibility in solution viscosity for more uniform proppant placement, avoiding blockages and keeping fractures open. Linde is the largest supplier of CO2 in the U.S and supplies N2 through an extensive network of air separation plants.

NCA’s Senior Vice-President, Will Smith, said, “The combination of Nissan Chemical’s technological strength in nanoparticles and Linde’s expertise in Oil and Gas and global reach is a game changer for the marketplace. We look forward to continued work with Linde on nanoActiv® HRT and future projects.”

Linde’s Oil and Gas experts will be on hand with the Nissan Chemical team at the SPE Technical Conference in San Antonio , October 9 – 11 , 2017 to discuss the new IOR/EOR applications of nanoActiv® HRT with carbon dioxide and nitrogen.