Technical Papers, Thought Leadership & Publications

BJ Energy Solutions actively engages in thought leadership in the oil & gas industry and technology community. Company subject matter experts regularly publish technical papers, write editorials, and participate in conferences to share their latest research outcomes and achievements.  Check out our publications below to learn more about our technologies, engineering and operations.

Our dedication to innovation and leadership in the industry provides reliable and efficient operations for our clients. Read more about our technology and engineering initiatives in the articles below. Gain insight into our approach to engineering and technology, as well as our latest products.

Improving Operational Efficiency And Production By Selecting The Right Fluid Design
July 2019 Issue of E&P Magazine
Shafeeq Khan and Christine De Sario
Description: Explore BJ Services’ ThinFrac™ friction reducers and how they have increased efficiency and production for clients across the U.S. and Canada. Specifically, read about the results a client achieved after they switched to BJ’s friction reducer following the first 10 stages with a conventional FR.

Enhancing Operational Efficiency Of Surface Systems
June 2019 Issue of E&P Magazine
Ricardo Rodriguez, Landon Vredeveld and Tony Yeung 
Description: BJ Services’s redesigned blender system meets the safety and operational needs of modern completions designs. Read about how we re-engineered the blender with a focus on maintainability and reliability to help solve industry challenges. 

Tunable Technology Improves Operational Efficiency In The Eagle Ford
January 2019 Issue of World Oil Magazine
Jeff Long, Dan Fu and Christine De Sario
Description: A BJ Services’ customer operating in the Eagle Ford recently saw success when they used our ThinFrac™ MP tunable friction reducer to help address record-high treatment pressures and solve for logistical complexity. 

Unlocking Unconventional Reservoirs With Data Analytics, Machine Learning And Artificial Intelligence
January 2019 Issue of JPT Magazine
Dan Fu, VP, Engineering and Technology
Description: The concept of the digital oil field has been around for many years and the industry is beginning to experience the benefits of data analytics, machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI). In this article, BJ’s Dan Fu explores how operators can maximize these benefits of predictive analysis.

Real-Time, Tunable Technology For Operating Efficiency
September 2018 Issue of World Oil
Dan Fu, VP, Engineering and Technology
Description: The purpose of tunable technology is efficiency.  For fracturing operations, efficiencies can be gained by reducing NPT, improving completion design, and exploiting more reliable equipment.  One area that can play a significant role is chemistry, particularly friction reducers.  

Engineering A New Pumping Approach
July 2018 Issue of E&P Magazine
Andres Alvarez, Lonnie Lafever and Tony Yeung
Description: BJ Services was presented with a unique opportunity to address changing operating conditions by applying new equipment engineering designs. More specifically, the company took a systemwide approach to engineering with the intent of delivering a new level of reliability and performance for clients.

Engineered Friction Reducers Enhance Proppant Transport
January 2018 Issue of E&P Magazine
Shafeeq Khan, Linguan Shen and Nicholas Everson
Description: Reducing friction is a long-established challenge that operators must overcome to decrease fluid flow friction and enable high-rate pumping without requiring more pressure generation at the surface.  Recent advances in polymer chemistry have led to the creation of polyacrylamide-based technologies that can provide a greater reduction in pipe friction and enhance proppant transport over conventional slickwater fluids.

Our dedication to innovation and leadership in the industry provides reliable and efficient operations for our clients. Read more about our technology and engineering in the technical papers below. As an active member in the Society of Petroleum Engineers, read our published technical papers. 

A Cationic Friction Reducer Fully Compatible With Produced Water
Lingjuan Shen, Shafeeq Khan, David Heller, Dan Fu
Description: The high intensity of hydraulic fracturing in unconventional reservoir has resulted in dramatic increase in water consumption. The reuse of produced water has been driven by both the environmental and economic benefits. The performance of conventional anionic friction reducers is usually affected by the total dissolved solid (TDS) in the water source. We present here a cationic friction reducer which is fully compatible with most of produced water based on results from the lab and field.

Perfecting Operational Execution: The Journey To High Reliability In The Oilfield
Patrick Tower, Austin Williams, Sam Sakievich, Tony Howdeshell, Patrick Kearley, Lonny Motruk, Tony McCullough (BJ Services)
Description: High Reliability Organizations (HROs) are organizations with systems that maintain exceptionally low failure rates while operating in environments where the nature of the risk and complexity of serious incidents would be anticipated. The aim of this paper is to illustrate how the principles, concepts, and processes of HROs, including Crew Resource Management (CRM), can optimize operational execution.

Far-Field Diversion System Designed For Slickwater Fracturing
Leonid Vigderman, Andrey Bogdan, Lingjuan Shen, David Heller, Tony Yeung, and Diankui Fu (BJ Services)
Description: Fracture geometry control and increased fracture complexity have been recognized to be critical factors in optimizing unconventional well completion design. A major challenge of far-field diversion in slickwater fracturing is ensuring transport of material to the fracture tip or secondary fracture in a low-viscosity fluid. This paper will present an innovative far-field diverter system for fracturing with low-viscosity fluids composed of an engineered mixture of unique ultra-lightweight proppant and degradable material.

Can Friction Reducers Transport Sand During Fracturing Treatment?
Lingjuan Shen, Leonid Vigderman, David Heller, Diankui Fu (BJ Services)
Description:  This paper provides a comprehensive study of friction reducers as linear or crosslinked guar system replacement for transporting proppant. An in-depth understanding of the key factors controlling proppant carrying capability of FRs is critical to improved fracturing fluid design.

Multifunctional Surfactant Provides Superior Post Frac Production By Enhancing Polymer And Load Fluid Recovery
Ronald Plasier, Javier Leguizamon, Kevin Cooney (BJ Services); John Delorey (Delorey Consulting Inc), Corey Thomson (Paramount Resources)
Description:  This paper illustrates how the use of a Multifunctional Surfactant (MFS) can improve initial production and sustain production in under-pressurized, liquids-rich, tight sandstone (SS) reservoirs such as the Glauconite formation in West-Central Alberta.

Gelled Isolation Fluid Makes Refracturing Well Feasible
Richard Wheeler, V. Williams, J. Mayor (Baker Hughes), S. Khan,  N. Everson (BJ Services), Steinhardt (BP America)
Description:  A gelled fluid offers the benefits of being both temporary and easily cleaned up after the treatment. The objective in this application was to use a low cost gelled fluid to fully isolate existing perforations along a lateral to stimulate new zones. The novelty of this work included the application of using a gelled fluid in conjunction with a sliding sleeve system.

Read about how our products and equipment have provided more reliable and efficient operations to our clients.


ThinFrac HV – Haynesville

Lowers Operation costs by requiring less fluid consumption

ThinFrac MP – Anadarko

Reduces cost and operational complexity in Anadarko Basin

ThinFrac MP – Eagle Ford

Reduces formation damage and improves production in Eagle Ford Shale

ThinFrac MP – Marcellus

Minimized NPT in Slickwater fracturing operations

ThinFrac MP – Marcellus

Successful Stimulation program

ThinFrac MP – Marcellus

Reduced footprint and costs

ThinFrac MP – Permian

46% increase in production

ThinFrac MP – Utica

Improves Oil Producation by 79%

ThinFrac MP – Western Canada

Enhanced production and operational efficiency in Western Canada

ThinFac Plus – Northeast

Achieves desired rate in high TDS

ThinFrac PW – Permian

Proves successful in high TDS water at lower surface pressure

ThinFrac PW – Williston

Reduces freshwater use in canadian well

The fracturing fluid system can play a large role in achieving higher efficiency gains. Our ThinFrac family includes anionic and cationic polymers and formulations that enables high-rate pumping without requiring more pressure generation at the surface.

ThinFrac MP is our proprietary, tunable technology that is redefining the fracturing process. The purpose of tunable technology is efficiency by allowing its fluid properties to be adjusted in real time. This versatility provides greater flexibility for rapid design changes without increasing operational complexity.

ThinFrac E FRW-15

Economical fresh water friction reducer

ThinFrac E FRW-98

Reduces friction in multistage fracturing operations

ThinFrac HV FRHV-766

High-viscosity, anionic friction reducer

ThinFrac MP

Maximum permeability friction reducer

ThinFrac Plus FRW-41C

Cationic friction reducer for High-salinity waters

ThinFrac Plus FRW-45C

Cationic friction reducer for High-salinity waters

ThinFrac Product Family

Superior friction reduction for increased production

ThinFrac PW

Produced Water Friction Reducer