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SPM Oil & Gas launches system to enhance the hydraulic fracturing process

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SPM Oil & Gas, an upstream provider of pressure pumping and pressure control equipment and services, has announced an innovation to enhance the hydraulic fracturing process: the new, more streamlined SPM™ Simplified Frac Iron System. The Simplified Frac Iron System improves the typically disjointed process inherent with conventional ground iron.

Traditional frac operations involve hundreds of moving parts and small-bore iron strings to manage extremely high pressures. Such a complex arrangement creates substantial non-productive time (NPT) due to lengthy set up, assembly and connection requirements. Additionally, every connection represents a potential leak path and must be checked continuously.

SPM Oil & Gas was an innovator of the simplified frac iron concept, and its continuously evolving design has proven itself in the field. The newly enhanced SPM Simplified Frac Iron System reduces the footprint and amount of iron required for fracing operations, ultimately increasing frac site operational efficiency. This results in fewer lines, connections and components – in addition to fewer potential leak paths and less NPT.

A single large-bore inlet connects to the zipper manifold, replacing the multiple tie-in lines on a conventional frac tree. This creates fewer turns and connections, which decreases rig up time, labour costs, fluid turbulence, potential leak paths and safety hazards. Fastener redundancy components are preassembled on modular skids to accommodate a variety of site configurations. Seven-inch isolation and directional valves provide predictable and repeatable high-pressure control. Additionally, API flanges replace Hammer Union connections for more reliable and safer performance.

Multiple configurations are available, including four-station skids, six-station skids and 12-station trailers, enabling customers to configure or customise the system to meet their requirements. These variations allow customers to move skids around with each rig-up to balance wear across assets.

“SPM Oil & Gas continues to leverage its system-wide approach and end-to-end capabilities to improve frac operations,” said Ronnie Phelps, Vice-President of Sales, SPM Oil & Gas. “Our new and enhanced Simplified Frac Iron System significantly increases performance and safety.”

The announcement is part of SPM Oil & Gas’ participation in the 2022 Offshore Technology Conference at NRG Park. Throughout the conference, SPM Oil & Gas is demonstrating the innovations it is bringing to frac operations in Booth 533.

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