Frac water heating
The process of hydraulically fracturing, or “fracking” an oil or gas well involves pumping a fluid slurry into the well bore at sufficient pressure so as to fracture the producing formation, thereby creating conductive flowpaths for the hydrocarbons. In many cases, frac water must be heated to optimize the fracking process. In a “gel frac,” the heating process ensures frac solutions, which generally consist of water, proppants and specialized chemicals, blend properly and then flow through the well bore into the formation. In “slick water” fracs, the heating process melts frozen frac water and prevents it from re-freezing prior to entering the well bore.
Heat Waves owns and operates specialized equipment designed to rapidly heat the large quantities of water used in a frac job. ENSERVCO’s truck-mounted burner boxes are capable of generating up to 50 million Btu’s. Trucks come configured as and single burners (bobtail), double burners, and mega heaters. Water stored in frac tanks, temporary pools, ponds or reservoirs is circulated through the burner boxes and elevated to a pre-determined temperature prior to being used in the frac.
Heat Waves’ hot oiling services involve the circulation of heated oil or similar fluids down a well bore, where it dissolves and dislodges paraffin and other hydrocarbon deposits. In addition, Heat Waves provides heating of oil storage tanks, which eliminates water and other soluble waste that can reduce the operator’s revenue at the refinery. Down-hole hot oiling is a recurring, maintenance-related service, and is performed throughout the life of a producing well.
Heat Waves’ acidizing services involve pumping specially formulated acids and/or chemicals into a well to dissolve materials blocking the flow of the oil or natural gas. Acidizing is used to increase permeability throughout the formation, cleaning formation damage near the wellbore and removing the buildup of materials restricting the flow in the formation. Acidizing is a recurring, maintenance-related service, and can be performed throughout the life of a producing well.
Heat Waves’ water transfer service facilitates a consistent supply of water for hydraulic fracturing operations through the provision of pumps, piping, manifolds and other related equipment. The Company’s expert technicians will install and operate water transfer systems from source to site – ensuring the safe, uninterrupted flow of frac water at both high and low volumes. Our focus on quality equipment and efficient design eliminates leaking, maximizes filtration and allows for quick assembly and break down.
Bacteria and Scaling Treatment
Heat Waves’ bacteria and scaling treatment service uses a patented hyrdropath technology that removes bacteria from frac and recycled water with a 95% kill rate and eliminates scale from pipe. Our chemical-free process offers E&Ps a lower-cost, environmentally friendly alternative to conventional means of preventing destructive scaling and corrosion. Our mobile laboratories conduct in-field testing using the Rapid-B® flow cytometry to provide real-time quantitative assessment of bacteria levels to assist in determining whether additional treatment is needed.
Support Equipment Rental
Heat Waves provides a broad range of oilfield support equipment, including generators of various size, light plants and related equipment, that can be rented for any length of time.
Dillco and Heat Waves own and operate a fleet of water hauling trucks with capacities ranging from 80 to 140 barrels. Both divisions provide a range of fluid management services, including:
- transporting water to fill frac tanks or reservoirs at well locations
- transporting contaminated water to disposal wells
- moving drilling and completion fluids to and from well locations
- transporting flow-back fluids generated by fracturing operations from the well site to disposal wells
Frac Tank Rental
Dillco rents frac tanks to oilfield operators for storage of fluids at the well site. The tanks have a capacity of up to 500 gallons and are used for storage of fresh water, salt water, flowback, temporary production and mud. Frac tanks are used during all phases of the life of a producing well.
Heat Waves’ pressure testing services involve pumping fluids into new or existing wells or other components of the well system to detect leaks. Heat Waves utilizes its fleet of hot oil equipment and pressure trucks to perform this service.
Construction and Roustabout Services
Dillco derives a portion of its revenue from its fleet of construction units, which includes dozers, trenchers, motor graders, backhoes and other heavy equipment used in road and well-site construction.